- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A jury has acquitted a University of Cincinnati backup quarterback of an assault charge, after he testified in court that a group of young men taunted him with racist remarks shortly before he punched one.

The Hamilton County jury found Jarred Evans not guilty of assault Monday, and Judge Robert Taylor declared a mistrial on a disorderly conduct count. Evans, 22, is black and claimed he was acting in self-defense after four young men directed racist comments at him.

Evans was suspended from the team last October after he was charged. A family spokeswoman says he hopes to be back on the field for spring practices.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Evans still faces sentencing April 28 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business.

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