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Woman drops assault charge against College of Charleston player

March 3, 1997

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ A woman who swore out a warrant charging College of Charleston basketball player Sedric Webber with assault and battery has dropped the charge, a college official says.

Webber, 20, who was charged by campus police on March 3, was to have appeared Monday before Magistrate David Coker. But Charleston’s sports information director, Tony Ciuffo, said the woman dropped the charge.

She alleged Webber, a 6-foot-6 reserve forward, hit her in the face with his hand as she tired to retrieve some personal belongings from his room. Webber’s lawyer, Barry Krell, said the alleged assault never took place.

``She was mad that he didn’t want to have a romantic relationship with her,″ Krell said. ``It’s really not a big deal.″

Police said the woman had no visible injuries.

Webber, the Cougars’ top reserve, is averaging 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.

Charleston won the Trans America Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday and now advances to the NCAA tournament.

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