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An American player for one of Israel’s top basketball teams was arrested on suspicion of felony assault.

Will Bynum, a guard for Maccabi Tel Aviv, was taken into custody and remanded Saturday after police found evidence he had run down a Tel Aviv man while escaping a brawl outside a nightclub.

The victim of the hit-and-run was hospitalized in serious condition.

Maccabi Tel Aviv chairman Shimon Mizrahi said Bynum was innocent of wrongdoing and had fled a mob attack at the nightclub, where he was celebrating his 25th birthday. Assailants had smashed Bynum’s windscreen and the player had no knowledge of hitting anyone, Mizrahi said.

A trial date is pending.

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