Cal Bears quarterback Levy involved in bar room scuffle, charged
with felony assault
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
June 27, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The future is uncertain for a third
string quarterback turned starter for the University of California,
Berkeley football team after an arrest Sunday morning outside
a San Francisco bar.
Police detained Steve Levy, a 22-year-old senior at the university,
on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after an incident
at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in North Beach at 1:23 a.m.,
according to Sgt. Neville Gittens.
The incident began inside the bar where Levy and another man
started arguing. A bouncer walked up and tried to diffuse the
situation by getting between the two, Gittens said.
The bouncer told Levy, listed at just over six feet and 226 pounds
on the team's roster, to leave the bar. Levy agreed, Gittens said,
but on the way out, Levy allegedly threw a pint glass at the man,
hitting him in the forehead. He suffered lacerations near his
left eye and the left side of his head.
The athlete left the bar, located at 530 Jackson St., on foot
after the incident, but several citizens followed him and detained
him at Pacific Avenue and Montgomery Street, Gittens said. Police
then showed up and took Levy to jail.
According to the team's coach, Jeff Tedford, Levy will sit out
the team's practices until the story becomes clearer.
"We are aware of the situation with Steve," Tedford
said. "He will not participate in any team functions until
we feel we have all the information."
The university's athletic director, Sandy Barbour, also said
she will wait until the investigation is completed.
"We've taken initial action," Barbour said. "We
are now gathering information and will take appropriate action
when we believe we have the complete facts."
Levy became the starting quarterback for the Bears after the
original first-string quarterback broke his leg in the opening
game of the 2004-2005 season. Tedford sidelined the second string
quarterback because of performance issues and Levy helped the
Bears claim victory in the team's last two games of the year.
The starting team for the upcoming season has not been announced
The San Francisco district attorney's office today filed a felony
assault charge against Levy. He will be in court either Thursday
or Friday, according to spokeswoman Bilen Mesfin.
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