CLAYBORN WILL PLEAD NOT GUILTY
(From UI Sports Information) IOWA CITY, IA – University of Iowa football defensive end Adrian Clayborn will plead not guilty to a charge of assault causing bodily injury. The charge resulted from an incident in January involving Clayborn and an Iowa City taxi driver.
Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz had the following comment: “I’ve been aware of this alleged incident since January and consider it to be a serious situation. Based on what I know to this point, I think it is best to let due process run its course before coming to any judgment.”
Clayborn is a 6-3, 282-pound junior from St. Louis, MO. He started 11 games and played in all 13 contests for the Hawkeyes last season. He totaled 50 tackles.
From Iowa City police this morning:
Adrian Jarrell Clayborn was charged with Assault Causing Injury which is a serious misdemeanor. He was released from our facility on his own recognizance and a court date will be set at a later time. There is no disposition yet.
Also, from Gazette reporter Gregg Hennigan, University of Iowa Sports Information said Clayborn pleaded not guilty. Clayborn had an initial appearance before a judge today but a plea cannot be entered at that time so he has not yet pled, said Lt. Raquel Wray of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
The clerk of court’s office is closed today so it is not known when his next appearance will be.
From Gregg’s story: “According to an Iowa City police complaint, Clayborn allegedly punched the driver of a vehicle who honked at him during a traffic jam at South Johnson and Bowery streets at 1:58 a.m. on Jan. 18. Clayborn exited his vehicle, reached in the driver’s side window and struck the victim in the face, causing minor injuries, according to the complaint.
A friend of Clayborn’s had to physically restrain him and pull him back to their vehicle, the complaint says.
Traffic was congested due to snow and vehicles parked on the street, Sgt. Mike Lord said. The incident had been under investigation the past two months, he said.
Assault causing bodily injury is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,875 fine.
Clayborn was released from Johnson County Jail this morning on his own recognizance.”