October 14, 2007

Fields back on the court

Less than a month ago, the basketball future of Pitt guard Levance Fields (5' 10) was in question. Today, he is more eager than ever to start a basketball season, and his teammates couldn't be happier to have him back.

On the night of September 16, Fields was arguing with an off-duty officer outside a Pittsburgh nightclub. Fields appeared to be intoxicated, and the officer repeatedly warned Fields to calm down. Fields struck the officer and reached for the officer's gun, at which time the officer's partner tasered Fields.

On October 1, charges were reduced in the incident. Fields would be required to spend nine months on probation and perform 50 hours of community service. There would also be some form of punishment to be handed down from Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon. Dixon is handling that punishment between him and Fields. He will not miss any time away from the court.

"Over the last three years, I have viewed firsthand the very positive way Levance Fields has conducted himself as a person, student and athlete while at the University of Pittsburgh," Dixon said, after the charges were reduced. "The initial report of this incident did not reflect the young man I have come to know."

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