A reporter for ESPN The Magazine and a contributor to the network’s "Sports Reporters" and other broadcasts was arrested Saturday in Buckland, Mass., USA Today reported.
Howard Bryant was charged with assaulting his estranged wife, resisting arrest and hitting one of the four police officers who were trying to calm him down.
Witnesses claimed Bryant was choking Veronique Bryant and forcing her into a car.
Bryant was taken into custody, charged and released on bail. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment Monday in Greenfield District Court.
Bryant and his attorney, along with Veronique Bryant, have blasted the actions of police in the case, accusing them of racial profiling. Howard Bryant is African American.
“The police made assumptions about my husband that weren’t true,” said Veronique Bryant. “I was never abused or in fear of Howard on that day or any other day. I wasn’t running from him or trying to get away from him. The police weren’t listening to me and they attacked him with violence with our 6-year-old watching."