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Former Badger Erasmus James pleads not guilty to battery charges

MADISON (WKOW) -- A former Badger football player appeared in Dane County court Thursday on charges of battery after an alleged bar fight last weekend.

Erasmus James entered a not guilty plea at Thursday's hearing on felony battery charges.

Police arrested James Monday after he allegedly lost his temper when a bartender wouldn't serve him after closing time.

According to the criminal complaint, when a friend tried to calm him down, James punched him in the face, causing a gash that needed five stitches.

A status hearing is scheduled for the end of November.

James played defensive end for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and entered the NFL draft in 2005.

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