UPDATE: The charge against Cox has been formally dropped, as of June 2.
VCU basketball player, Mo Alie-Cox, has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after he allegedly struck a female in the face outside of a Richmond night club on April 3.
A criminal complaint against Alie-Cox, a rising junior, was filed on April 22 and he was officially charged with the misdemeanor on April 30.
According to court documents the woman who filed the criminal complaint said she was punched in the face by Alie-Cox outside Society in Shockoe Slip.
When passing by the club the complainant said she walked passed a group of guys and one girl, who told the complainant “not to look in this direction.”
“I said I could look wherever I please,” she wrote in the criminal complaint.
The complainant wrote that a “VCU basketball player” made a comment about the girls’ exchange at which point she said, “it’s not my fault Shaka Smart Left, is that why your (sic) mad?”
The complaint states that the girl with the group shoved the woman in response.
“I accidently grabbed her hair and Mo Alie-Cox punched me in the face,” states the complaint.
Alie-Cox apparently walked away following the altercation, but as he was leaving the woman asked if he meant to punch her.
“He said he didn’t do it,” she wrote.
Alie-Cox is currently out on summons. His arraignment is scheduled for May 20 at 9 a.m. at the Richmond Manchester District Court at 920 Hull Street.
Ed McLaughlin, director of athletics at VCU, said the school knows about the charges and is following the situation.
“We will allow the legal process to run its course and act appropriately within our VCU Athletics Student-Athlete Code of Conduct as more details become clear,” McLaughlin said.
Alie-Cox, a 6’6″ redshirt sophomore from Alexandria, Virginia, averaged 7.5 points and 5.7 rebounds during 2014-15 season.