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Monday, June 1, 2020

Louisiana-Monroe player, girlfriend arrested for domestic abuse

A Louisiana-Monroe football player and his girlfriend were arrested on domestic abuse charges following an altercation early Sunday morning.

Adam Hunsucker of the Monroe News Star reports that Kerry Starks, a defensive end who played in 20 total games between his freshman and sophomore seasons, is accused of grabbing 26-year-old Abriona Kirt by the throat with both hands and attempting to drag her out of a nightclub in Monroe. He also punched out the rear windshield of her car, causing an estimated $400 in damage.

Kirt was also arrested after police say she pepper sprayed Starks in the back of the head after he had been placed in handcuffs. The report states that both Starks and Kirt appeared to be intoxicated. The couple has been together for more than a year and has a 15-month-old son together.

Starks was arrested for domestic abuse battery and simple criminal damage to property and Kirt faces one charge of domestic abuse battery. A spokesperson for ULM said the school is “aware of the serious nature of the charges and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”

Starks recorded four sacks and 10 tackles for loss this past season for the Warhawks.

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