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Jaylon Tate.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois has suspended point guard Jaylon Tate from the team after he was charged with domestic battery.

The junior from Chicago was being held Saturday in the Champaign County Jail. A bond hearing initially scheduled for Saturday was moved to Sunday. Jail records did not indicate whether he has hired an attorney.

Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer told the (Champaign) News-Gazette that Tate’s 19-year-old girlfriend told officers Tate hit her in the face, but declined to provide police further information. Ramseyer says Tate denied there was any physical contact.

Tate was arrested hours after Illinois (15-19) lost to Purdue 89-58 in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday, effectively ending their season.

Tate is the third Illinois player to face charges since August. The new athletic director publicly backed coach John Groce last Saturday.

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