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CRAWFORD | Report: Trial set for Louisville's Fields on misdemeanor assault charge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Louisville defensive end signee Devonte Fields will go to trial in a misdemeanor domestic assault case after efforts to reach a settlement in the matter fell through, according to a report by ESPN Wednesday afternoon.

ESPN's Max Olsen reported that Fields has been taking anger management courses as part of an effort to reach an agreement to dismiss the charges, or plead to a lesser offense. Those courses are to be completed by June 24. He is charged with assault causing boldily injury to a family member after allegedly hitting an ex-girlfriend last July.

Tarrant County's district attorney confirmed the trail date of July 17 to ESPN but would not comment further on the case. U of L said it will have no comment on the case while it is pending.

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Playing defensive end for TCU, Fields was voted the freshman defensive player of the year as a in the Big 12 in 2012, but was kicked out of school after his ex-girlfriend was found with swelling and a small cut under her eye following an argument with Fields last June.

He went on to Trinity Valley Community College, and signed with Louisville as the No. 2 JUCO prospect in the nation.

U of L coach Bobby Petrino defended his signing of Fields in February.

“I believe in second chances and sometimes third chances," Petrino said at a signing day news conference. "Every one of them is on an individual basis – guys on our own team, guys we go out and recruit. You do your research, and you try to make sure that if you have an opportunity to give a young man a second chance, I believe that you should do it."

Petrino added that, “I think we have a really good understanding of what went on, what happened. From talking with the attorneys and really knowing that, we felt comfortable that, No. 1, there was absolutely no gun there, and it's a misdemeanor charge."

Talking to Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com after Fields' commitment, his mother, Monica Fields, said, “I can't go into details about it but we are still in communication with the young lady. They're both in good places right now. It's not what everybody portrays it to be."

His junior college position coach, Will Reed of Trinity Valley, told Demling, “Once I got the full story, I said No. 1 that is nothing like what was written but No. 2 I don't understand how anybody could believe you are the aggressor in this whole deal. Obviously, in football there is a lot of testosterone and egos and me, me, me kind of stuff but you never saw that from him. . . . The negatives you had heard, to me it didn't make sense. I saw this guy on a daily basis with a smile on his face. I don't think I have seen very many times with a frown on his face. He's just that kind of kid.”

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