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Ex-Redskins wide receiver Joshua Morgan pleads not guilty to assault at D.C. nightclub

A former Washington Redskins wide receiver accused of assaulting a District nightclub valet in April pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court Friday and said the alleged altercation never occurred.

After making his initial appearance in court, Joshua Morgan, 28, stood next to his attorney William Martin and repeatedly denied he punched a nightclub employee last month.

Morgan was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in the April 27 incident. According to court charging documents, Morgan punched the valet in the face after Morgan and his girlfriend pulled up outside the Cities Restaurant and Lounge in the 900 block of 19th Street NW. Charging documents said Morgan became angry that the valet was “staring” at his girlfriend.

But outside the courthouse, Morgan denied the accusations. “I am innocent. Nothing like that happened,” Morgan insisted. His attorney agreed. “We look forward to going to court to prove my client’s innocence,” Martin said.

Morgan, a District native, signed with the Chicago Bears last month. Magistrate Judge Karen Howze ordered Morgan to undergo a standard drug test and to stay away from the victim. Howze said Morgan could return to Chicago until his next hearing June 12.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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