Cincinnati player charged with domestic violence, assault

Updated: August 3, 2003, 10:16 PM ET

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati basketball player Armein Kirkland was charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and assault after police said he struck a 17-year-old girl.

Kirkland, 6-foot-8 sophomore guard from Tyler, Texas, and Ambrea Lacy were arrested at Kirkland's apartment at 2:30 p.m. Saturday after he called police. Lacy faces the same charges because of accusations that she bit Kirkland in the elbow and stomach, a police report said.

Kirkland, 19, is accused of grabbing Lacy's throat and slapping her in the face. Lacy had been living with Kirkland for two months, police said.

Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he would meet with Bearcats coach Bob Huggins to determine Kirkland's status on the team.

Goin said he was on vacation and didn't learn of the arrest until Sunday. Huggins declined to comment to the newspaper.

Kirkland was in Hamilton County Justice Center and scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Lacy was taken to Hamilton County Youth Center.

Kirkland averaged 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds as a freshman last season.

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