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

By The Sports Xchange  |  July 15, 2017 at 1:11 PM
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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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