Arizona State linebacker Davon Durant was sentenced to two years supervised probation Monday stemming from an alleged assault on his girlfriend in March.
Durant also is prohibited from contacting the victim, Kelsi Langley, until he is enrolled in a domestic-violence program.
Durant pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor of disorderly conduct in May. He also was facing aggravated assault allegations, but those were dismissed Monday.
On March 7, Durant was arrested after witnesses claimed they saw a man strike a woman while sitting in an SUV. Langely, told the police he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck, and police noticed and noted injuries consistent with the claims.
However, a day after the arrest, Langley told ESPN.com she lied about the altercation out of spite because she found text messages from other girls on Durant’s phone. However, police said that because there were witness and physical evidence, they were proceeding with the charges.
Arizona suspended Durant, a four-star linebacker from Butler County Community College in Kansas, after the initial arrest and said it would allow the legal process to work out. The university also has to determine whether Durant violated its code conduct. Durant attended a university hearing on May 29 and the University Hearing Board had up to three days to issue a recommendation to the ASU dean of students. A final decision about whether Dean can stay at Arizona State should come this week.
Jarrett Maupin, a civil-rights activist involved with the case, issued a statement after Monday's sentencing saying he expected Durant and Langley to resume their relationship.
"The college sports and civil rights communities take seriously the court's decision to sentence Davon to 2 years of probation and counseling," Maupin said. "I know Davon and Kelsi look forward to continuing their relationship when circumstances permit it and that will happen soon."
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