Illinois forward Black pleads not guilty after bar fight

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Posted: Feb 19, 2016 3:25 PM
Illinois forward Black pleads not guilty after bar fight

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say Illinois basketball player Leron Black has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault after police say he threatened a bouncer at a campus bar with a knife.

A Champaign County clerk's office spokeswoman said Black entered his plea by video Friday afternoon. His bond is $5,000.

Black's attorney, Mark Lipton, did not return a call seeking comment on his behalf.

Illinois basketball coach John Groce said Black has been indefinitely suspended.

University of Illinois police spokesman Patrick Wade said officers arrested the 20-year-old sophomore at 12:25 a.m. Friday after the fight. Wade said bouncers were trying to break up the fight when one bouncer was threatened.

Black is from Memphis, Tennessee. He has missed most of this season with an injury to his right knee.