Garcia was out with girlfriend Carmella DeCesare when they were
confronted Aug. 21 by Kristen Hine in a nightclub. DeCesare
"launched" herself at Hine three times, Hine told police. Hine
said that when she turned to leave, DeCesare kicked her in the head.
Hine, 32, of Cleveland, wasn't hurt but filed a police complaint
accusing DeCesare of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.
DeCesare, 22, of suburban Westlake, pleaded not guilty Friday in
Cleveland Municipal Court and remained free on $5,000 bond. A
magistrate issued a temporary protective order barring DeCesare
from contact with Hine.
DeCesare denies being the aggressor. Her lawyer said Garcia and
several companions are prepared to back her story.
Garcia, whose team plays its season opener Sunday against the
Baltimore Ravens, declined to comment.