University football player Garrity charged with battery

University football player, Mike Garrity was charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery after an altercation that occurred last Friday at Kam’s, said Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.

Police were dispactched to Kam’s at approximately 1:55 a.m. Witnesses allegedly reported seeing Garrity punch the victim and leave the bar. Garrity was arrested on charges of battery, said Dunn. An Associated Press report said Garrity pled not guilty to the charges.

The victim was then transported to the hospital with serious injuries, Dunn said. Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told the Associated Press that the victim, a University student, suffered from a fractured skull. The victim remained in the hospital Monday.

Witnesses reported that the fight stemmed from a verbal altercation between Garrity and the victim. One witness reported seeing the victim throw the first punch, Dunn said.

“Several witnesses are saying several different things,” said Dunn. “The police are continuing to investigate.”

According to the Associated Press, a team spokeswoman said Garrity has been suspended from the football team.