Dayton Flyers forward Sam Miller faces assault charge after jail fight

Junior pleads not guilty to charge in Greene County

Dayton Flyers men’s basketball player Sam Miller, a 20-year-old junior forward from Arlington, Va., faces allegations of underage drinking followed by an assault charge for his alleged role in a disturbance in jail.

Miller was arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication and underage consumption. On Monday, Miller was charged with misdemeanor assault after an incident in the Greene County Jail. He pleaded not guilty.

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“The University of Dayton is aware of an incident, but cannot discuss individual student matters because of federal privacy laws,” Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said in a statement. “With all student conduct matters, the University responds in accordance with the University’s Student Code of Conduct and other applicable standards.”

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According to public records, Miller, 20, appeared in court Monday. Bond was posted by James Pera, Miller’s uncle.

Miller’s attorney declined to comment Tuesday.

According to a Beavercreek police report, officers were dispatched to Caddy’s Taphouse at 2760 Towne Dr. in Beavercreek at 1:21 a.m. Sunday in reference to an assault.

A bartender told police Miller became upset when she told him he couldn’t have any more drinks, and he knocked all the glasses off the bar and pushed her, the report alleged.

A security officer escorted Miller outside the bar. Miller told the security officer he was going to punch someone and then pushed the officer, the report said, and that officer then took Miller to the ground and held him there until Beavercreek police arrived.

Upon arrival, Beavercreek police took Miller into custody. Officers said his speech was slurred and difficult to comprehend. He was uncooperative and combative at the time of the incident, screaming profanities and resisting officers’ attempts to get him into the back of the police vehicle, the report said. He also kicked the door of the vehicle, the report said.

The bartender completed a written statement, advising that she didn’t wish to pursue charges. Miller was issued a court summons for disorderly conduct and underage consumption and transported to Greene County Jail in Xenia. He appeared in Fairborn Municipal Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to those two charges, according to court records.

At Greene County Jail, Miller was placed in holding cell No. 1 and then urinated on the floor, the police report said.

John Watkins Jr. was brought in after being arrested by the Ohio State Patrol on OVI charge. According to the report, Watkins stated he didn’t want to be placed in the same cell where Miller had urinated. Watkins Jr. was informed the cell was being disinfected and cleaned and that would be his housing until he could be booked.

At 2:45 a.m, the report states, Miller and Watkins Jr. were seen fighting on a security camera in the cell. The video showed Miller walking over to Watkins and slapping him, the report said. Staff members were called to break up the fight. Miller was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital emergency room for evaluation. He had blood coming out of his nose and a bump on his forehead, the report said.

Miller, a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., has appeared in 53 games the past two seasons. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds as a freshman and 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds as a sophomore.

Miller broke his foot playing basketball on April 1, the day Anthony Grant was hired, but was on schedule in his rehabilitation. Miller shared a video on Twitter of him dunking on Saturday.

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