CHICAGO — A misdemeanor battery charge was filed against a Kentucky State University quarterback accused of groping a housekeeper at a Chicago hotel.
Martez James was arrested prior to Saturday’s Chicago Football Classic, where his team played Albany State University at Soldier Field, a game won by the Golden Rams.
Chicago Police spokesman Officer Daniel O’Brien says the 22-year-old senior was released prior to the game, but his mother, Rita James, says her son wasn’t allowed to play.
The police report indicates James entered a room where the housekeeper was working and rubbed his body against hers. The woman notified hotel staff and police.
Rita James told the Chicago Tribune she would “put my life on it that’s she’s lying.”
James was issued a personal recognizance bond before being released from custody, the newspaper reported. He is scheduled for a court appearance Nov. 15.
Thorobreds head coach Wayne Dickens could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning. The football team’s website says James is from Detroit, Mich.
KSU spokeswoman Felicia Lewis told The State Journal that the university had no comment, but she released a written statement about the incident.
“The university is aware of allegations made against Mr. Martez James and is currently investigating the matter,” the statement said.
“We have no further comments at this time as the investigation is pending. Mr. James remains a member of Kentucky State University’s football team.”