NFL: Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee pleads guilty to assault in Kentucky

By The Sports Xchange

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee entered into an agreement to avoid jail time, pleading guilty to an assault charge in a 2016 incident in Kentucky that left a man hospitalized.

The 24-year-old Higbee, a former Western Kentucky standout, pleaded guilty Friday to assault under extreme emotional disturbance, the Bowling Green Daily News reported.


Bowling Green (Ky.) Police said Higbee punched Nawaf Alsaleh during a fight in April 2016. Alsaleh was later diagnosed with a concussion.

Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson ordered Higbee to pay the victim an undisclosed amount and perform 250 hours of community service as part of a five-year pretrial diversion program.

In addition, Higbee can't own or possess a gun, use drugs or drink alcohol. If Higbee violates the terms of the diversion program, he could be given a two-year prison sentence.

A month after his arrest, the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Higbee was drafted in the fourth round by the Rams in 2016. He caught 11 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in 16 games last season.

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