Va. State player pleads in opposing QB assault

April 15, 2014 - 3:33 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A Virginia State football player pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a November luncheon, the day before the teams were going to play for the league championship.

Forsyth County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin said Lamont Britt pleaded guilty to a charge of simple assault.

Britt had been charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.

An arrest warrant said Britt hitting Rudy Johnson in the face and head in a restroom on Nov. 15 during the during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association awards luncheon. It came one day before the two schools were to meet for the league championship.

CIAA officials canceled the game after the fight, and later declared Virginia State ineligible for postseason play.