Former Oregon football player decides on trial

Cliff Harris
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2011, photo, Oregon's Cliff Harris stands on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Eugene, Ore. Harris was suspended Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, after he was pulled over for several infractions, including driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance. In a statement released by the school, Ducks coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris pending further review and he will not be able to take part in any football-related activities. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Former Oregon football player Cliff Harris will face trial in Hillsboro on a domestic harassment charge.

Harris appeared in Washington County District Court Monday and declined the opportunity to enter a one-year diversion program.

Harris is charged in connection with a May 3 argument with his girlfriend outside a restaurant.

His lawyer John Tyner told The Oregonian Harris is innocent and the diversion program isn’t necessary. Trial could begin as soon as June 20.

Harris was released earlier this month by the New York Jets after he was arrested and accused of marijuana possession. He had signed a reserve-future contract with the Jets in January.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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