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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Quinnipiac basketball players to appear in court Monday

A Connecticut judge is scheduled to take up the case of two Quinnipiac University basketball players charged with assault after an on-campus fight last month.
Senior guard James Johnson, the team’s leading scorer a year ago, and sophomore forward Ike Azotam have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges. They are due back in Meriden Superior court Monday.
Each is accused of striking other students in the face early in the morning of Sept. 18.
Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore said both have received sanctions from the school and will be sanctioned further by the athletic department.
Neither Johnson nor Azotam attended the school’s Midnight Madness a week ago and both players could be suspended from either upcoming scrimmages or early-season games.
The player’s attorney, Thomas Lynch, says Azotam was misidentified by witnesses, and he’s hopeful those charges will be dismissed.

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