UA football player Eric Bender-Ramsay and former Arizona Wildcat Josh Robbins both pleaded not guilty today to assault and trespassing charges stemming from their roles in an pair of fights earlier this month.
Bender-Ramsay and Robbins both appeared in Tucson City Court for 8:30 a.m. arraignments. They will return to court next month for a pretrial conference: Bender-Ramsay is scheduled to appear April 9, and Robbins April 17th.
The other four UA football players charged in the fight did not appear in court today.
Attorneys for offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele and nickel back Jourdon Grandon, both of whom have been charged with assault and trespassing, filed notices of appearance earlier this month. Ebbele is scheduled to return to court April 16; Grandon’s return date is not immediately known.
Defensive tackle Justin Washington and safety Jared Tevis are both facing trespassing charges.
The six were arrested following a pair of fights at a campus-area party early March 2. Witnesses told Tucson police they saw Grandon punching both male and female partygoers; one witness said she saw the Wildcats' defensive back punch a woman in the face. The witness identified Grandon later, telling police "that's the guy who punched me and everybody else," according to Tucson Police Department reports.
The party's host told police the 6-foot-8-inch, 310-pound Ebbele forced himself into the house and "began punching everybody he could reach," including her, the reports stated.
Both Grandon and Ebbele told police that they did not hit or push down anyone at the party, according to reports. Ebbele said he pulled groups of people apart to try to keep them from fighting; Grandon told officers that he was just trying to leave the party.
Ebbele and Grandon were held out of the Wildcats’ March 7 practice, the team's last workout before spring break. Arizona returns to practice Wednesday.
First-year coach Rich Rodriguez called the arrests "a matter that we're looking into very seriously, and we're going to make sure we go through the whole process. If anything comes up, further developments, we'll let you know."