Girlfriend of ASU linebacker Davon Durant speaks out, tries to 'set record straight'Posted: Updated:
A Valley civil rights activist is claiming the Davon Durant case is more about race than domestic violence.
Durant, a linebacker and ASU football's five-star recruit, was arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct earlier this month. The arrest stems from an incident on March 6 in Tempe. According to police, witnesses called 911 after seeing Durant allegedly hit his girlfriend.
Durant's girlfriend, Kelsi Langley, also told police that night that Durant hit her and choked her.
Langley has since recanted her statements, saying that Durant did not attack her.
Even so, Durant was suspended indefinitely from the ASU football team.
On Tuesday, Langley spoke out at a news conference, saying that the incident was nothing more than a fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend. She's calling for all charges to be dropped.
"He never laid a finger on me," said the 19-year-old ASU student during the news conference.
With civil rights attorney Rev. Jarrett Maupin by her side, Langley repeated Tuesday that Durant did not assault her.
"Nothing happened," she said. "Davon would never touch me. There is no way. He is the kindest person I have ever met in my entire life. He couldn't hurt a fly."
Rev. Maupin suggests that race may have played a role in Durant's arrest.
"I think it is a motivation, it is part of the prosecutorial sales pitch,” says Maupin. “I think it's cheap and disgusting. So I am hoping, as is Kelsi, that the charges against Mr. Durant are dropped immediately.”
Tempe Police would not comment on the arrest, but the Maricopa County Attorney's Office released a statement on Tuesday. It reads:
"In domestic violence cases it is especially important to avoid placing victims at the center of evidentiary disputes outside of the court process. The place for evidence to be presented and tested is in the courtroom."
“It was out of my anger that got the best of me,” says Langley. “I also believe the media has blown everything out of proportion. They are trying to make him out to be a criminal or thug, and he is not."
Durant has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.