On Friday morning, injured Illinois Fighting Illini forward Leron Black hit another roadblock towards his return to the court. This time, it stems from an incident that has landed him in hot water with the law.
According to the Champaign News-Gazette, Black is facing a felony aggravated assault charge after threatening a bouncer at a Champaign nightclub. The incident began when Black and a group of people were removed from the establishment.
Ultimately, it was discovered that Black had a knife in his pocket which landed him the charge.
“(Black) yelled ‘I don’t have a strap but I’m not afraid to cut somebody,’” University of Illinois Police Lt. Tom Geis said. “Then the security guard said he pulled the knife, opened it and put it within 1 to 2 inches of his nose.”
It’s obviously a less than ideal situation for the forward who has missed the last 19 games due to injury.
Black could face up to three years in prison or simply probation from the charge.
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