Clemson football player arrested

CLEMSON -- Clemson's DeAndre McDaniel has been arrested on charges he assaulted his girlfriend this past weekend.

A warrant from the Central Police Department says McDaniel was charged with aggravated assault and battery Saturday.

The incident report says a woman identified as McDaniel's girlfriend said the sophomore safety covered her head with a comforter and began choking her. She told authorities McDaniel punched her in the head, face and chest. She says he pushed her down a flight of stairs.

The report says the woman was treated at a hospital for cervical sprain and contusions.

Clemson athletic spokesman Tim Bourret said in a statement the athletic department was aware of the situation and was gathering facts about the incident.

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