Update: Illini QB McGee arrested, to appear in court on battery charge

The Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and the State’s Attorney have confirmed Illinois backup quarterback Eddie McGee was arrested on charges of aggravated battery last weekend.

The arrest stemmed from an incident at Saturday night’s African American Homecoming dance held at Campus Recreation Center East, 1102 W. Gregory Dr., in Urbana.

McGee, a redshirt sophomore, “allegedly grabbed a female and knocked her down,” according to Jeff Christensen, the interim Chief of Police for the University police department.

Sports Information Director Kent Brown confirmed that McGee is still on the Illinois football team as of Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said McGee was released upon his own recognizance on Sunday. According to Rietz, no other football players were involved in the incident.

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    “We have reviewed the police report from the University of Illinois police department, and we will be recommending that Mr. McGee be participating in our Adult Diversion Program,” Rietz said Tuesday. “If he chooses to accept that opportunity, no charges will be filed against him. He’ll have to appear in front of a panel of community volunteers who will determine what he will need to do to complete the program and generally that would include public service work.”

    She added that about 700 people participate in the Adult Diversion Program per year. The program is for first offenders and lower-level incidents and it gives people the chance to have a clear criminal record, Rietz said.

    If McGee declines to participate in the program or does not fulfill the requirements, Rietz said he could face criminal charges.

    McGee will appear in court Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

    Brown confirmed the DIA is expected to release a statement about the incident with comments from head coach Ron Zook by Wednesday afternoon.

    Recruited out of Washington D.C.’s H.D. Woodson High School, McGee joined the Illinois football team in 2006.

    The sophomore has since seen sporadic playing time behind center for the Illini, with his only two pass attempts this season coming against Eastern Illinois.

    Over his Illini career, McGee has accumulated 614 total yards and two touchdowns.

    Jim Shay and Meghan Montemurro contributed to this report. Check back with the Daily Illini for continued updates