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Former U of L basketball star in court for violent Fourth Street Live encounter

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former University of Louisville star basketball player faced a judge Wednesday morning after things got violent at Fourth Street Live.

Now some members of the African-American say this is now bringing up new concerns that African Americans are being targeted at Fourth Street Live.

Former U of L basketball player Jason Osborne is accused of disorderly conduct and resisting an arrest. Osbourne and a friend were arrested after police say he lunged at an officer.

In court, Osborne was represented by another former U of L basketball player, Attorney Derwin Webb. Webb entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Osbourne.

"I can tell you that my client went into an establishment at 4th street live, he heard that there was a situation outside," explained Attorney Derwn Webb, "He went outside to see what was going on, he asked a question and the next thing we know he is on the ground."

Several black elected officials joined Osborne in court to send a message to 4th Street live. They say there is growing concern about ongoing issues involving blacks at the entertainment hot spot.

"One time something happens maybe just an accident or isolated incident, when you start to see it a number of different time then that raises concern to where something must be done in other to thoroughly address the issue," said Metro Council Member David Tandy.

The elected officials say they will allow the legal system to play out and will not rush to judgment.

Osbourne is scheduled to be back in court later this month.

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