Raleigh, N.C. – After being arrested and charged with assault, Eric Lockett is suspended from the basketball team at North Carolina State University, said head coach Kevin Keatts Thursday.
Lockett, 23, was arrested Thursday morning after being accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend in the face.
Locket was released after glueing through a trial program, for which he was not required to place a bail in cash. He is expected to appear before the court on 27 March.
The woman, Saskia Guilbaud, said Lockett, who in his last year qualifies as a guard for NC State, beat her during a fight on Tuesday in his apartment on Western Boulevard. She was visiting from Florida when the two fought.
"I started kicking him to get rid of me, and he said (if I continue to kick him that he will kill me," she told WRAL News by phone. "I asked him to get rid of me again. and he did not, so I kept kicking him, then I caught my eye with an elbow and then he put his arm on my throat. "
She said she waved at him first, and then he stopped her. Guilbaud said she had kicked him to try to escape.
She said Lockett put her in the eye, grabbed her, and then let her go.
"I do not think he would really kill me," she said. "I think he just said it in the heat of the moment."
"I think he made a stupid mistake from a spur of the moment," she said.
Guilbaud said that an Uber driver called 911 on behalf of her.
She said she wanted to drop the charge.
Keatts said the suspension is for an indefinite period, while officials are waiting for the release of additional information.
He was transferred to N.C. last season. State of the Florida International University.
Blake Baker, a sophomore member, said that Lockett must be punished if he is found guilty.
"I think that while it's disappointing for the NC State community, it's important to understand that these things are not accepted by anyone at the university, whether it's a student, a student athlete or staff," he said.