UCLA’s Nikola Dragovic arrested, suspended by Bruins


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UCLA basketball forward Nikola Dragovic was suspended for tonight’s game against Cal State Bakersfield after his arrest in relation to an incident last month at a concert in Hollywood.

Dragovic was informed this morning that the Los Angeles district attorney filed a felony charge against him. He turned himself into University of California police and Hollywood Division detectives soon after.


The charge could be even more serious given that Dragovic was arrested at the start of last season in regard to an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.

At the time, the city attorney’s office decided not to file charges after meeting with the player and the alleged victim, though prosecutors reserved the right to revisit the case for up to a year.

“This is an unfortunate situation for Nikola,” Coach Ben Howland said. “Our staff and players will do what we can to help him during this time. He made us aware of the incident when It occurred, but until this morning, we did not know charges would be filed.”

According to the Associated Press, Dragovic was booked and released from the Hollywood station on $30,000 bail late Friday, Los Angeles police Officer Julie Boyer said.

Dragovic’s status for upcoming games remained uncertain.

-- David Wharton