Eric Lockett, NC State basketball player, arrested for hitting woman in face

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina State University basketball player, Eric Lockett, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with assaulting a female.

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According to arrest warrants, Lockett, 23, hit a woman in the face Tuesday.

The woman he's accused of hitting, 18-year-old Saskia Guilbaud, spoke to ABC11 about the incident.

"I did not want any charges to be pressed on him and that's all I want to say on the matter right now," Guilbaud said. "I've already spoken to multiple police officers and everyone pretty much knows what's going on. I just never wanted it to get this far. I didn't even call the police on him. I didn't want anyone to be involved in this. It was between me and him."

In his first court appearance Thursday morning, a judge ordered him to have no contact with the victim -- anywhere she works, lives, or attends school.

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North Carolina State University basketball player, Eric Lockett, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with assaulting a female.



Lockett was released from jail Thursday aftenoon.

"It's very early in the process right now so we're still gathering all the facts," said Lockett's attorney Lee Turner. "But I know Mr. Lockett has cooperated with police entirely in this matter. I think the young lady has already been interviewed."

The 6-5 Lockett, of Warner Robins, Georgia, graduated from Florida International before transferring to the Wolfpack basketball team in his last year of eligibility. He has averaged just under 17 minutes of playing time, scoring 5 points per game so far this season.

Hours after the arrest, he was suspended from the team.

"In light of his arrest this morning, Eric Lockett has been indefinitely suspended from our team," Kevin Keatts, NC State men's basketball head coach, said in a statement. "We will await additional information and will have no further comment at the current time."

Lockett's attorney said he hopes to have the case taken care of quickly, so Lockett can be reinstated and get back on the court with his teammates.

Lockett missed Wednesday's 73-58 win against Syracuse. At the time, the team put out a statement saying Lockett would miss the game because of a "personal matter."

His next court date is scheduled for March 27.

Lockett is the second NC State player in the past 24 hours to be suspended or leave the program. Former Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones was not on the team's bench Wednesday night.

"Sacha is no longer on the team," Keatts told reporters after the game. "That's all I'll say for now."
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