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UL hoops star involved in assault allegations

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Law enforcement officials are still interviewing individuals who may have information over what started out as a verbal confrontation between University of Louisville basketball player Preston Knowles and his girlfriend.

    Bullitt County Sheriff’s Det. Scotty McGaha said the investigation is being handled like any other even though Knowles carries more notoriety from his basketball career.

    At this point, McGaha said he had interviewed Knowles, the girlfriend and her family, and several witnesses. Several others are still in line to be interviewed.

    According to McGaha, Bullitt County sheriff deputies were called to a home in Millers Crossing subdivision off Bells Mill Road around 8 p.m. on Sunday.

    The initial call to Central Dispatch involved a domestic dispute that was only verbal. McGaha said he understands the argument may have been over a hair brush.

    At some point in the discussion, the girl’s stepfather came outside and more words were exchanged.

    McGaha said the stepfather and Knowles got into a fight and Knowles admitted punching the man, although he said it was in self-defense.

    No charges have been filed.

    After 4-6 more witnesses are interviewed, McGaha said the information would be reviewed to determine if any charges would be filed and against whom they might be charged. The county attorney’s office would be involved in that discussion, said the detective.

    There were some similar comments in the various stories but there were also some differences, said McGaha.

    “All the parties involved have cooperated,” said McGaha.

    In many similar cases, the incident would be a misdemeanor assault case, said McGaha.

    John Cook, a Shepherdsville attorney representing the victim’s family, said his clients have been cooperative with McGaha.

    “The family tells a very different side than some of the reports already shared with the media,” said Cook in a prepared statement. “This is a good, hardworking family that is suffering significant physical and emotional  damages and needs some time to heal.”

    In this statement, Cook outlined the next steps.

    “We do not feel it is appropriate to share any details of the events while the investigation is on-going,” said Cook. “We firmly believe the courtroom is the appropriate venue for the actual facts to come out.”