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Steelers WR Holmes pleads not guilty

MIAMI (July 12, 2006) -- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes entered a written plea of not guilty to disorderly conduct charges.

Neither Holmes nor his attorney were present at a brief hearing before Miami-Dade County Judge Darrin P. Gayles. A court date wasn't immediately set.

Holmes, who was the Steelers' first-round pick in the April NFL draft out of Ohio State, was arrested as part of a police crackdown on revelers who annually converge on Miami Beach during the Memorial Day weekend.

Holmes, 22, also has pleaded not guilty to separate domestic violence and simple assault charges involving a woman in Columbus, Ohio. The woman, who police said is the mother of his daughter, has asked that charges against Holmes be dropped.

Holmes, a native of Belle Glade, Fla., led Ohio State in receiving last year with 53 catches for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns. He decided to skip his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

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