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Howard Bryant's Lawyer: Race Was A Factor In ESPN Writer's Arrest

03/01/2011 12:45 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There are new developments in ESPN baseball writer Howard Bryant's arrest.

Buz Eisenberg, Bryant's lawyer, claimed on Tuesday that race was a factor in the assault allegations surrounding the 42-year-old.

''Mr. Bryant was the victim of excessive force,'' Eisenberg said, according to Recorder.com. ''Police responded to the scene and rather than do an investigation they made an arrest of a black man with a white wife."

Bryant's wife, Veronique Bryant, denied the allegation that her husband assaulted her in a phone interview with Jessica Heslam of The Boston Herald.

Bryant was arrested on Saturday charged with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Five witnesses said they saw Bryant choke his wife and pushed her into a car.

He pleaded not guilty on Monday.

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