Former University of Montana Grizzlies cornerback Houston Roots was briefly jailed Wednesday after being accused of assaulting a female friend.

Roots pleaded not guilty in Missoula Municipal Court to a misdemeanor charge of partner/family member assault.

The woman accused him of grabbing her neck, “causing fear and reasonable apprehension of bodily harm,” just before 5 p.m. Monday, according to the complaint.

However, the woman said Thursday she was never afraid and isn’t worried that it might happen again, and that she’s asked the Missoula City Attorney’s Office to drop the case.

“People are mad at me and I’m trying to fix it,” the woman said.

But Andrew Scott, the city’s chief prosecuting attorney, said it’s not that simple.

“The way we look at domestic violence cases, if there is evidence we can proceed with – that can support a conviction with or without the participation of the victim – then we do that,” he said. “I told her that those were the rules and that we would review it.”

Roots was booked into the jail at about 5 p.m. Wednesday and released shortly after 6 p.m. after posting $500 bond, according to Missoula County Detention Facility records.

As a condition of his release, Roots was ordered to have no contact with the woman. His next appearance in Municipal Court is set for May 16.

Roots, from outside Sacramento, Calif., was a senior starter this past fall at cornerback. It was his last season of eligibility, so he is no longer on the football team.

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