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Former Kentucky Basketball Star Arrested in Newport

This story has been updated with details from the police report.

Former University of Kentucky men's basketball star Andre Riddick was arrested in Newport and booked into the Campbell County Detention Center on Saturday.

There are few details publicly available.

Kentucky Sports Radio was first to report the arrest.

Riddick, 45, who played at UK from 1991 to 1995 faces four charges: fourth degree assault (domestic violence), second degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.

On Monday, the Herald-Leader reported further details after reviewing the police report, and said that it started after a fight with his girlfriend at a bar at Newport on the Levee:

While they were exiting the levee’s parking garage, he allegedly picked up his girlfriend and pushed or tossed her down the stairs, Riddick’s arrest citation showed Monday. He caused significant pain to her back and abdomen, according to court records.

 

He then grabbed her arm, pulled her into his car and punched her in the chest, police said.

The victim, who has been dating Riddick for about one year, yelled for help and witnesses and security guards called 911, the police description said. When a Campbell County sheriff’s deputy attempted to arrest Riddick, Riddick yelled and pulled away.

The deputy struggled putting handcuffs on Riddick for several minutes before Newport Police Department officers arrived to put him in the back of a cruiser, according to the arrest citation.

Riddick had a strong odor of alcohol, particularly apparent as he spoke, police said. The victim’s clothes were slightly torn, according to the arrest citation. The woman declined treatment at the scene.

According to past media reports, Riddick was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont in 2015, where he spent one season.

Riddick's LinkedIn page says that he is a residential treatment specialst at the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky in Covington. He also operates a basketball training camp, ARJ Basketball, which lists a p.o. box in Crescent Springs as its address.

Riddick arrived at UK from Brooklyn, and was a member of the 1993 Final Four team. He held the UK single-season shot-block record (83) until 2012, when it was broken by Anthony Davis. 

-Staff report