By Kristen Pownall
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Two UA baseball players pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of disorderly conduct.
Andre A. Dawson, 19, a political science sophomore, and Jeffrey R. Shapiro, 19, an undeclared freshman, were arrested last Sunday after a woman claimed the players assaulted her in a convenience store parking lot.
The players sent their not-guilty pleas by mail to the city prosecutor's office, Shapiro said.
"Now we're just waiting to see what happens," he said.
Dawson and Shapiro were arrested early Sunday morning at the Circle K store at 1610 E. Sixth St., where they reportedly followed another car they had a traffic altercation with earlier.
The players allegedly threw trash and ice at the car, kicking it and making threatening gestures, police said. A woman in the car told police one of the men hit her with an unknown object.
Both players denied the accusations, and said a third person in their car threw the object.
The players were restored to the UA baseball team on Tuesday, after being suspended for three games, said coach Jerry Kindall.
Kindall said he had decided to suspend the players temporarily until he found out more information about the arrest.
"I decided to restore them because this is an on-going matter that won't be resolved in one day, and until it's resolved, the boys are innocent until proven otherwise," said Kindall.
The players' lawyer, Bates Butler III, was unavailable for comment. Read Next Article