Charge withdrawn, new charge pending against Pitt football player; playing status in question

PITTSBURGH — The Panthers won’t play here at Acrisure Stadium this weekend as they are on the road traveling to Florida to face off against Miami University — but the big question is ... will defensive lineman Dayon Hayes play come Saturday?

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A harassment charge is pending, according to court dockets.

The simple assault misdemeanor was withdrawn.

Police said an argument between Hayes and his girlfriend turned violent.

She called 911 on the night of Nov. 6 — saying her boyfriend and child’s father, Dayon Hayes, became irate and doused her in bleach, before grabbing her hair and taking her phone.

Police say Hayes then prevented her from leaving the room and slammed her leg in the door before leaving the apartment himself.

After Tuesday’s hearing, Hayes’ attorney defended him.

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“Dayon is cognizant of his reputation he is a Pittsburgh guy impeccable reputation for being a law-abiding citizen and non-violent and of course, he regrets the argument that created this whole criminal episode,” said Robert Del Greco Jr., Hayes’ attorney.

The judge opted to add no additional penalties or fines, but it is unclear if the university will do the same.

Hayes’ initial punishment included a one-game suspension and additional workouts. Hayes sat out for the game against Virginia but returned last week for the Duke game ahead of Tuesday’s hearing.

“I can’t speak for the coaching staff or the administration, but I have some optimism that with this guilty plea to a minor summary offense that this matter is concluded, and he can move on,” Del Greco said.

Pitt’s coaching staff declined to confirm their plans for Hayes following this ruling.

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