Hawkeye Player Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Starting defensive end Adrian J. Clayborn, 20, of 1128 E. Washington St., Iowa City, was arrested Thursday March 19, 2009 and charged with assault causing bodily injury for a Jan. 18 incident. (Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office)

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By Daren Sukhram

IOWA CITY (AP) - An Iowa football player accused of punching a cab driver who honked at him in Iowa City has entered a written not guilty plea.

Police say Adrian Clayborn hit the cabbie about 2 a.m. on Jan. 18 after the man honked at the player. They say 20-year-old Clayborn left his vehicle, reached inside the taxi window and punched the driver, who suffered minor injuries, before a friend pulled him away.

Two months later, Clayborn was charged with assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor.

If convicted, Clayborn could face a year in jail and $1,875 fine.

Clayborn, a defensive end from St. Louis, started 11 games last season as a sophomore.

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