UofI football player pleads not guilty

May 18, 2009 (CHAMPAIGN, Ill.) Mike Garrity, 19, is charged with felony aggravated battery.

Police say the fight happened early last Friday at Kam's in Champaign.

A witness claims a man was harassing some women and they told Garrity. Garrity then confronted the man, who punched the 310-pound offensive lineman. Garrity then apparently hit the man, who is hospitalized with a fractured skull.

Garrity has pleaded not guilty.

He has been suspended from the team.

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