Illinois forward Leron Black arrested, suspended indefinitely from team

Illinois forward Leron Black, top, pulls down a rebound over Minnesota guard Carlos Morris, bottom, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Illinois sophomore forward Leron Black was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pulling a knife of a bouncer at Champaign night club on Thursday night,according to Mary Schnek of the News-Gazette.

Illinois head coach John Groce announced on Friday that Black, who has not played since Dec. 5, has been suspended indefinitely as the legal process gets underway.

According to the News-Gazette, Thursday night’s incident occurred after Black and the group he was with was removed from the Canopy Club. This sparked a confrontation between the establishment’s security and Black.

[University of Illinois Police Lt. Tom] Geis said the security guard told police that Black and others were inside the club and that security was trying to remove people when “Black became very belligerent and hostile toward the security guard,”

Geis said. “(Black) yelled ‘I don’t have a strap but I’m not afraid to cut somebody,’ ” Geis said. “Then the security guard said he pulled the knife, opened it and put it within 1 to 2 inches of his nose.”

Black has missed the past 17 games for the Fighting Illini due to a knee injury. He was averaging 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Source: MSN Sports

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