There are new developments in ESPN baseball writer Howard Bryant's arrest.
Buz Eisenberg, Bryant's lawyer, claimed on Tuesday that race was a factor in the assault allegations surrounding the 42-year-old.
''Mr. Bryant was the victim of excessive force,'' Eisenberg said, according to Recorder.com. ''Police responded to the scene and rather than do an investigation they made an arrest of a black man with a white wife."
Bryant's wife, Veronique Bryant, denied the allegation that her husband assaulted her in a phone interview with Jessica Heslam of The Boston Herald.
Bryant was arrested on Saturday charged with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Five witnesses said they saw Bryant choke his wife and pushed her into a car.
He pleaded not guilty on Monday.