Ex-Vol Maggitt's lawyer says client never punched teammate

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart answers questions during a press conference at University of Tennessee's Ray & Lucy Hand Digital Studio in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Hart stood by his embattled football coach during the news conference Thursday at the university, two weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed Feb. 9 in Nashville alleging that Tennessee mishandles assault complaints against athletes. (Adam Lau/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The attorney for former Tennessee football player Curt Maggitt says his client never punched ex-teammate Drae Bowles, denying an allegation made in a lawsuit that has been filed against the university.

An amended complaint filed Wednesday said that Bowles assisted a woman who said she had been raped by two other players, and that Maggitt later punched him in the mouth. A signed declaration from Bowles stated the allegations in the suit ''are true with respect to the statements and descriptions of events pertaining to me.''

Jeff Hagood said via text Saturday that ''if, in fact, Mr. Bowles has sworn that my client, Curt Maggitt punched him at any time … that is simply a false statement.''

Eight women are suing Tennessee over its handling of sexual assault complaints against athletes.