Former Maryland wide receiver Moises Cruz resolved a misdemeanor assault charge yesterday in Hyattsville District Court.
Cruz, who left the football team almost a month ago, agreed to perform 50 hours of community service within the next 120 days. His record will be cleared if there are no additional incidents within a year.
In addition, Cruz agreed to an undisclosed settlement with Douglas Galeone, whom he allegedly struck with a bottle he threw toward a car outside the Terrapin Station, a bar in College Park, at 3:15 a.m. on April 18.
"There was no finding of guilt," said Cruz's attorney, Stephen Brennwald, "and no admission of guilt."
The complaint stated Cruz was directing the bottle at a passenger in the car and that it hit Galeone on the left side of the face, causing a severe cut in the eye area.
Cruz, a redshirt junior, said he left the team for "financial and personal" reasons in mid-August. He said yesterday he hopes to rejoin the team for spring practice "if my financial situation is taken care of."
Coach Ron Vanderlinden has said he would allow Cruz to return. The 5-foot-11 Cruz started 18 games during the 1997 and '98 seasons and averaged 11.8 yards on 44 catches and scored three touchdowns.