NC State basketball player Eric Lockett charged with assaulting a woman

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NC State's Eric Lockett talks about the Wolfpack's victory over Pittsburgh Panthers at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Update: Charges against Eric Lockett were dismissed on Feb. 28, 2019. He was reinstated to the N.C. State basketball team in March 2019.

N.C. State basketball player Eric Lockett was charged with a misdemeanor assault on a female on Thursday and has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

Lockett, 23, was released from the Wake County Detention Center without bond on Thursday morning. He had turned himself into the Raleigh Police Department at 5 a.m., according to his attorney, Lee Turner.

Lockett was charged in connection with a physical altercation Tuesday afternoon with Saskia Guilbaud, his former girlfriend, at his apartment on Western Boulevard.

Lockett, a reserve guard for the Wolfpack, missed Wednesday’s game against Syracuse with what the team had described as a “personal matter.”

According to the warrant issued for Lockett’s arrest in Wake County, Lockett is accused of striking Guilbaud in the face.

Lockett’s attorney Turner, citing preliminary facts from the police report, said Guilbaud initiated an assault on Lockett and that his client defended himself and restrained her. Lockett’s elbow struck Guilbaud’s face, under one of her eyes, during the altercation.

The police department has not made the details of the incident public. Guilbaud declined to comment on Thursday when reached by phone.

“I can’t talk about the incident,” Guilbaud said.

In an interview with WRAL, Guilbaud said she swung at Lockett first and he had held her down. In an interview with ABC11, Guilbaud said she regretted that the incident has gotten out in the public.

“I did not want any charges to be pressed on him and that’s all I want to say on the matter right now,” Guilbaud told ABC11 in Raleigh. “I’ve already spoken to multiple police officers and everyone pretty much knows what’s going on. I just never wanted it to get this far. I didn’t even call the police on him. I didn’t want anyone to be involved in this. It was between me and him.”

After the altercation, Lockett left his apartment and went to N.C. State’s practice on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m, according to Turner.

Guilbaud, who lives in Miami, called an Uber driver to leave Lockett’s apartment. The Uber driver, who is listed in the incident report, called the police on Guilbaud’s behalf.

Lockett does not have a previous criminal record and was given a pre-trial release without having to post bond, Turner said.

N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts issued a statement on Thursday about Lockett’s suspension.

“In light of his arrest this morning, Eric Lockett has been indefinitely suspended from our team,” Keatts said in a statement released by the school. “We will await additional information and will have no further comment at the current time.”

Lockett is a graduate transfer from Florida International. He joined the Wolfpack program in July. He has been a backup guard and averaged 5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 22 games.