NEW ORLEANS ― New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory faces an upcoming court appearance after being charged in the state of Washington with a class B felony, a charge that could carry between 3-9 months in jail if he's convicted.
The charge stems from an incident in July 2009 while Ivory was a student at Washington State. The Whitman County prosecutor's office confirmed to Eyewitness News that Ivory is accused of intentionally assaulting another student with a bottle to the head. The incident, according to Ivory's attorney John Snyder, took place at a residential party.
Snyder said he is still conducting an investigation into the alleged assault and would provide no further comment.
On Wednesday, Ivory said he was unsure of how the court date would work should it happen in-season, but he denied the charge outright and said the case isn't coming from left field.
“No, I didn’t commit that," Ivory said. "That’s something that happened almost two years ago. The Saints were aware of it. I have no further comments on it."
Added Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, “That's something way back in draft we were aware of. It’s something we’re completely on top of. It’s an incident I think that goes back to when he was at Washington State if I’m not mistaken. He’s handling that with his attorneys and we’ll continue to follow it and make sure if there's anything on our end we can do to support it. Right now, there's really nothing new in regards to that other than just keeping track of the progress of it," said coach Sean Payton.
Ivory was kicked off the Washington State football team in August 2009. He transferred to Tiffin University and was an undrafted free agent signing by the Saints this offseason.
When asked about the NFL's knowledge of the matter, "All parties have been on top of this prior to the draft," said Payton
With injuries to three running backs in front of him, Ivory has become an integral part of the Saints backfield. He has 29 carries for 119 yards through three games after being inactive in the first two games of the season.
Ivory injured his knee in the final preseason game and returned for the Sept. 26 Atlanta game.