Arizona football: 2 plead not guilty in brawl

Ex-Cat, lineman, 4 other players are facing charges
2012-03-16T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T10:26:42Z Arizona football: 2 plead not guilty in brawlRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 16, 2012 12:00 am  • 

UA offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay and former Arizona Wildcat safety Josh Robbins both pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault and trespassing charges stemming from their roles in a 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 17.

The other four UA football players charged in the fight did not appear in court Thursday.

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 was 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.

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  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
USC 6 3 0 0.667 8 4 0 0.667
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 8 4 0 0.667
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

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  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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