Former University of Kentucky basketball player Darnell Dodson pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree disorderly conduct, according to court records.
Dodson, 21, was arrested about 3:15 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Pine and Jersey streets near Two Keys Tavern, 333 South Limestone Street. The uniform citation said Dodson was yelling and pushing people.
He was taken to the Fayette County jail, where he was released about noon after posting bond, jail spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Taylor said. He was arraigned later Friday in Fayette District Court. Dodson was a junior-college transfer brought to UK last season, in part, to bolster the perimeter shooting.
Dodson is a 6-foot-7 wing player from Greenbelt, Md. He originally committed to Pittsburgh, but he couldn't get in for academic reasons, so he attended Miami-Dade Community College.
He played for Kentucky in the 2009-10 season. Billed as a shooter, he made 36.5 percent of his shots (70 of 192) and 34.7 percent of his three-point attempts (50 of 144).
On Thursday, UK Coach John Calipari said Dodson is no longer at the school.
After last season, Calipari offered Dodson a deal: Return to UK but not to play basketball, presumably to improve his academic standing. Dodson initially seemed willing to accept that deal on the hope of playing again in the 2011-12 season.
UK never said why Calipari gave Dodson a chance to return this season as a student only. There seemed to be a possibility that he could rejoin the team in 2011-12.
Calipari said Thursday he was unaware of Dodson's plans.