Wright State basketball player charged with four crimes

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 11:34 AM


            Wright State University basketball player, Tavares Sledge, 24, is charged with four misdemeanor charges after an incident over the weekend.
Wright State University basketball player, Tavares Sledge, 24, is charged with four misdemeanor charges after an incident over the weekend.

A Wright State University basketball player appeared in Fairborn Municipal Court Monday after being arrested over the weekend on four misdemeanor charges.

Tavares Sledge, 22, was arrested by Wright State University police on Sept. 28 on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. According to sources, the incident involved his live-in girlfriend and their infant child.

According to court records, Sledge was also charged by Fairborn police with misdemeanor child endangering, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. We are working to learn from both police agencies the details of the incident that led to the charges.

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At his court appearance, Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Beth Root ordered Sledge to have no contact with his child's mother. Wright State University basketball head coach Billy Donlon was in court today with Sledge. When approached following the court proceeding, Donlon said, "No comment. We'll release a statement by the end of the day."

Sledge could face jail time and fines if convicted.

Sledge, a junior forward for the Wright State men's basketball team, has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement released from the school today.

"We were made aware that Tavares Sledge was arrested following an incident Saturday evening, and he was immediately suspended indefinitely," WSU head coach Billy Donlon said. "These are very serious allegations, but it would be inappropriate to have any further comment until the judicial process has run its course."

Sledge is a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Mobile, Ala. He played in 34 games last season, including 23 starts, and averaged 4.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest. Sledge was the Raiders' second-leading rebounder last season.

Expectations are high for Wright State, which returns its top nine scorers, including Sledge, from a team that won 23 games last season.

Wright State had its first practice for the 2013-14 season on Sunday.