CHAMPAIGN — Illinois redshirt freshman Lere Oladipo pleaded not guilty to three charges of domestic battery on Monday following his arrest early Sunday morning.
Oladipo faces one count of domestic battery/bodily harm and two for domestic battery/physical contact. His pretrial is set for Dec. 21.
Oladipo was suspended indefinitely from the team on Sunday.
“This is a serious offense to be charged with," head coach Lovie Smith said on Monday. "As our university policy, he’s been suspended indefinitely from our program. The university, of course, will go through an investigation with it."
Smith has reached out to Oladipo, but Smith is letting the investigation play out.
"Right now, it's about the charge, that's all we know — what he's been charged with, no more. I believe in letting things play out, letting an investigation occur and letting the truth come out and that’s where we are right now," Smith said.
“Per our university, once you have a domestic battery charge, I have nothing to do with it. I talked to Lere just as one of our players. From there, he’s going through the system. We won’t be communicating anymore about anything like that."
Smith and his staff have ongoing discussions with players about personal conduct.
“This is reality a little bit, too,” Smith said. “It’s hard to know what everybody’s doing when you’re dealing with a program our size. We’re constantly talking to our guys about doing what’s right. I think most of the time we know what’s right.
“I think most of the time we know what’s right. Do people step outside from time to time and do some things that maybe they shouldn’t? Yes. If that’s the case, there are consequences behind it like there are in society as a whole. But as far as us constantly teaching our players how to be a man and a man’s responsibility and doing what’s right and wrong, that’s daily.”
Oladipo was booked in Champaign County Jail at 1:42 a.m. Sunday morning and was released on $1,000 bond at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Champaign News Gazette.
Oladipo is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound redshirt freshman from Huntley. He's played in four games this season with seven tackles.