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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

WHBQ Fox 13 Memephis Reports Tiger Players Enter 'Not Guilty' Pleas

Tiger Basketball Players Enter 'Not Guilty' Plea
Taggert, Robinson Hearing Reset to September 25th
Last Edited: Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007, 11:49 AM CDT
Created: Tuesday, 04 Sep 2007, 11:49 AM CDT

University of Memphis basketball players Sean Taggert and Jeff Robinson both entered pleas of 'not guilty' on various misdemeanor charges following their arrest Sunday at a downtown nightclub.

The two players were charged with disorderly conduct and inciting a riot around 3:00am Sunday after officers were called to a disturbance at the Plush Club on Beale Street. Robinson was also charged with assault after allegedly approaching an officer with his fists.

Memphis defense attorney Leslie Ballin is representing the two men, and is confident that his clients are innocent. According to Ballin, the two were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. "These are two quality young men… hopefully at the end of the day, the charges will be dismissed," said Ballin as he was leaving Tuesday morning's hearing.

Tigers Head Basketball Coach John Calipari has responded to the arrests with strict new rules for the entire team. All players now have a seven day-a-week curfew, and are banned from establishments that primarily serve alcohol.

Sean Taggert is a 6'10" forward, and a sophomore transfer from Iowa State. Freshman Jeff Robinson is a 6'5" guard from Columbus, New Jersey.

Both are scheduled to return to court September 25th.

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