Haywood Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence Charge

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (KDKA) — Fired Pitt football head coach Michael Haywood was in court Monday after his ex-girlfriend accused him of assaulting her in front of their infant child.

Haywood is free on $1,000 bail and vows to fight the charges.

Neither Haywood nor his lawyer had anything to say before entering court. He pleaded not guilty to a domestic battery charge.

Police arrested Haywood Friday at his South Bend, Ind., home. The woman told police Haywood choked and pushed her, demanding that she not leave the house.

Police say the charge was raised from a misdemeanor to a felony since police say it occurred in the presence of the 21-month-old toddler.

His firing has left the Pitt football program in disarray. One assistant coach has left for Rutgers and KDKA’s Andy Sheehan has confirmed that offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is following suit.

Meanwhile, two assistant coaches who worked with Haywood in Ohio resigned in anticipation of getting jobs at Pitt and now their careers are up in the air.

Sources say they never signed contracts with Pitt, but Haywood did. If he is cleared of the charges, some legal experts anticipate he might sue the university for wrongful firing.

Another hearing will be held on Jan. 11 to set a court date.

  • Don Norris

    Kevin, your an ignorant child! This is a guy who claims to be a ‘follow my rules or else’ kind of coach, and also big on discipline. Yet when he is held up to the same standards, people like you come out of their caves and make light of the situation. If he can’t even show personal discipline, he shouldn’t be coaching college football. I was really hoping he would be a breath of fresh air to the Pitt Program. The college could not wait around till a possible summer trial, the story was out there and the damage was already done. He’s probably watching the wizard of Oz right now singing, “If I only had a brain”

  • Kevin

    rufas you’re an idiot.

  • CJ

    What happen to due process (innocent unitl proven guilty). There are 2 sides to a story then the truth. I don’t believe this man have had a chance to share his side of the story. Ooh, I forgot he is a black man the aftermentioned doesn’t apply. Speak truth to power

    • johnny69

      guilt or innocent doesn’t matter, by being arrested he compromises recruiting, they had no choice, keep him and they will be terrible…oops, never mind may as well keep him.

      • CJ

        Guilt or innocent doesn’t matter…come on get real. These are allegations. This man has a right to due process. I guess guilt or innocent doesn’t matter if you are black man…just lock him up he’s guility. That’s the card a black man is given in this society.

      • Black Power

        He’s made more men out of his football player in his program than most parents that raise these kids from birth!!!!!! You can ask many of this former player about him and they all have the most respect for him.

    • expittsburgh

      Innocent until proven guilty is for the court system, not private/personal opinion and related actions.

      • CJ

        Where is your brain? Innocent until proven guilty applies in this case as well.

  • John J. Johnson

    So what. Leave this story go!!! He has nothing to do with PITT. Get over it already.

  • mark d

    Glad Pitt acted so swift in removing this dirtbag from any coaching position at Pitt. Innocent yes until proven guilty but his behavior is unacceptable period, you do not strike,hit or abuse any woman so to hell with him.

  • Ohsnaps

    your a waste of sperm rufas. why you mom meet your dad again??

  • CJ

    These are allegations. Where is your proof that he hit this woman.

    • CJ

      And that he is a dirt bag? I believe this man was set up? A lot of folks didn’t want this man at t from the jump start simply because of his skin color. what ashame. A blind me can see that elephant in the room.

  • Black Power

    This young man has never lived in a housing project and never will be in a housing project with you. That let you know right there that you don’t know anything about this young man. He and his family are very strong people and they will get through this mess. Everyone that know him know that he would never do something like this to a young lady. The import people will stand behind him and thats what count during a time like this. how many people are standing behind the young lady that has messed up this man career and life. I can asure you the tea party would have plenty of room.

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