Cal quarterback Levy pleads not guilty in bar brawl

Updated: June 29, 2006, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- California quarterback Steve Levy pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony assault charges stemming from a bar fight in which he allegedly threw a pint glass at a bouncer's face.

A San Francisco Superior Court judge also ordered Levy not to go within 150 yards of the bar and the bouncer, Bryan Zahn, who suffered a cut to his head during the fight early Sunday morning, according to police.

Levy, 22, was arrested outside Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in San Francisco's North Beach, where he allegedly threw the glass at Zahn, who had asked him to leave the bar after breaking up an argument between Levy and another patron, said police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens.

Levy then reportedly tried to leave the scene but was detained by people on the street until officers arrived. He was released on $40,000 bail.

Herb Benenson, spokesman for Cal's athletic department, said Thursday that Levy remains suspended indefinitely from all team activities until officials gather more information.

Levy's attorney, Mary P. Carey, did not return a call for comment.

Levy, a longtime backup who played fullback for one season earlier in his career, led the Golden Bears' season-ending wins in the Big Game and Las Vegas Bowl last season in his first two career starts.

He was expected to compete for the starting job again when Cal's players report to training camp on Aug. 6, though Nate Longshore and Joe Ayoob moved ahead of him on the depth chart after Cal's spring game in April.

Levy was scheduled to return to court July 18 for a pre-hearing conference.

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