VCU basketball player facing assault charge

VCU basketball player facing assault charge

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A VCU standout basketball player  is facing a misdemeanor assault charge in connection with an incident last month.

An assault and battery charge was filed on Friday against Mo Alie-Cox in connection with the incident on April 3, according to court records. The woman who filed the complaint said Alie-Cox punched her in the face while they were at the nightclub Society in Shockoe Bottom.

The victim said she got into an argument with a girl while at the club and Alie-Cox made a comment. The victim said she responded, "It's not my fault Shaka Smart left. Is that why you mad?" according to the court documents. She claims the woman then shoved her, she accidentally grabbed the woman's hair and Alie-Cox punched her in the face and left. She also said she confronted him as he was leaving and he said he denied the assault.

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The Alexandria native played forward for the Rams and started 36 games last season. His defensive style and ability to block shots had fans chanting, "Mo Says No" during the season. Alie-Cox is a sophomore Criminal Justice major.

"We are aware of the charge against Mo-Alie Cox and will continue to monitor the situation closely," said VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin. "We will allow the legal process to run its course and act appropriately within our [code of conduct]as more details become clear."

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