Maryland basketball player Pe’Shon Howard was arrested early Sunday morning outside a College Park restaurant and cited for disorderly conduct, according to Captain Marc Limansky, a spokesman with the University Police.

Howard was released after being issued the citation and now awaits a court date.

According to Limansky, one of the department’s officers was flagged down outside the Shanghai Café on Baltimore Avenue and went inside to find a fight going on and a group of people holding back a young man, who appeared to be the aggressor.

After the officer took the man outside to interview him, Howard approached and started shouting at the presumed aggressor, Limanski said, and continued shouting at him after the officer asked him to stop.

“He was diverting the officer’s attention,” Limanski said, “so the officer felt he had to arrest Howard.”

The circumstances that precipitated the fight were never established. Howard was the only individual cited for disorderly conduct. He was released soon afterward.

Limanski said Howard would be notified when to appear for trial, adding, “It’s not a major charge.”

Maryland’s athletics department acknowledged the development in a statement released Sunday night.

“We are aware of an incident Sunday morning regarding Pe’Shon Howard,” it read. “We will have no comment on the matter until the disposition of the situation has run its course through local and campus judicial procedures.”

A rising junior from Los Angeles, Howard (6 feet 3, 195 pounds) was sidelined by foot and knee injuries much of last season but is expected to resume his role as Maryland’s starting point guard next season.