Men’s Basketball: Sledge arrested, charged with four misdemeanors

Andrew Smith and Justin Boggs

Wright State men’s basketball player Tavares Sledge was arrested Saturday by WSU police and was charged with four misdemeanors, including domestic violence.

Junior forward Tavares Sledge

Sledge was also charged with resisting arrest, child endangering and obstructing official business, according to Fairborn Municipal Court public records.

He was ordered by Fairborn Municipal Court judge Beth Root to have no contact with Alaina McAuley, Sledge’s live-in girlfriend and mother of their infant child. Sledge plead not guilty to the charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest.

McAuley was an outside hitter for the Raiders’ volleyball team from 2008-2011.

WSU Police officer Kevin Long responded to assist Fairborn Police and photographed McAuley’s injuries and collected a statement from her, according to the supplement case report.

The supplement narrative of the WSU police department’s report said officers were called to an apartment complex on Orville Street, where both Sledge and McAuley live. The report states that Long was “advised that Mr. Sledge struck Ms. McAuley in the face and Ms. McAuley had visible marks.”

The incident began on WSU’s campus and continued at the apartment complex, the report said.

Long said in the report that McAuley had blood on her shirt, “a small scratch on the left side of her eye, along with some redness and swelling.”

WSU Athletic Director Bob Grant was unwilling to comment on Sledge’s arrest.

Sledge appeared in Fairborn Municipal Court Monday and was accompanied by Raiders head coach Billy Donlon.

“These are very serious allegations, but it would be inappropriate to have any further comment until the judicial process has run its course,” Donlon said in a statement to the media.

Sledge has been suspended indefinitely from the team, according to a statement released by WSU Monday.

Sledge is out on bond until a hearing which is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 8:45 a.m in Fairborn Municipal Court.

Sledge appeared in 34 games for the Raiders in 2012, including 23 starts. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.1 points and 4.1 rebounds.

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