University of Louisiana at Lafayette linebacker Chris Hill on Friday was suspended from the team indefinitely following his Wednesday arrest on one count of domestic abuse battery of his former girlfriend, with whom he had a child and had lived with until June.
University police officers believe Hill punched the woman in a fit of jealousy when the two met Monday in the Olivier Parking Tower on McKinley Street, according to statements made in Hill’s arrest.
The alleged attack was caught on parking tower video and could be used to prosecute Hill, university police spokesman Sgt. Billy Abrams said.
“It was enough for him to be charged,” Abrams said.
Abrams said it’s against university police’s policy to identify the victim.
If convicted, the 22-year-old criminal justice junior from Princeton, Florida, faces up to six months in jail with at least 48 hours of a potential prison sentence to be served without parole, probation or suspension. He also faces a fine up to $1,000.
Hill was set to begin the season as one of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ starting linebackers, but an academic problem left him on the sidelines.
Coach Mark Hudspeth declined Friday to discuss the specifics of Hill’s academic problem this season, saying only that it would keep Hill off the field for an indefinite amount of time.
Hill started four games last season, finishing with 39 tackles and two sacks.
UL-Lafayette Athletic Director Scott Farmer said in a prepared statement that “we expect all members of our athletics program to hold themselves to the highest standard of conduct and to represent the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with integrity.”
Hill was released from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center after posting $2,000 bail.
According to an affidavit in Hill’s arrest, Hill’s former girlfriend told university police Officer Gene Guidry that she met Hill at the parking tower so Hill could see their baby son.
During the visit, the pair argued about the woman’s possible sexual involvement with another member of the UL-Lafayette football team, which made Hill mad enough to swing at her, according to the statement.
“(The woman) stated that Mr. Hill punched her on the left cheek with his right hand in a closed fist,” Guidry said in the statement.
Hill told officers he swung at the woman and missed. But Guidry said he talked to the woman at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and noticed a red mark on her face, according to the statement.
University police also watched video footage caught by a garage tower camera.
“Due to the fact of the video footage, the injuries I observed on (the woman) and the lack of injuries present on Mr. Hill, it was concluded that Mr. Hill appeared to be the predominant aggressor,” Guidry said.
Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson contributed to this report.