Former Louisville player pleads guilty to theft

Updated: August 7, 2003, 1:10 AM ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Former Louisville basketball player Bryant Northern pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft and forgery charges.

Nothern will go into felony diversion program for two years. If he meets the terms of the program, including keeping a clean criminal record and graduating from college, his plea will be set aside and charges will be wiped from his record.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino kicked Northern off the team last month.

Northern, who will have to pay a fine, told the court that he was sorry for his crime.

"I've been embarrassed and my family has been humiliated over the situation. I'm ready to move on with my life and continue my education," Northern said.

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