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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2003 11:37 pm | Updated: 1:25 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Former Arizona Cardinals running back Michael Pittman formally denied Wednesday that he has violated his probation in a domestic violence case.

Phoenix defense attorney Joel Thompson said he entered the denial on Pittman's behalf during a brief court hearing in Tempe Municipal Court. Pittman was not required to attend.

A date for a probation revocation hearing will be scheduled at a later time, Thompson said.

Pittman was formally charged June 4 with aggravated assault after Phoenix police said Pittman rammed his wife's Mercedes-Benz with his Hummer H2 during an argument May 31 over whether he could take his 3-year-old son to training camp.

At the time of his arrest, Pittman, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was on probation as a result of pleading guilty in connection with two prior fights with his wife.

Thompson said he doubts the probation violation hearing will be held until after Pittman's newest charges are resolved.

"I don't think (prosecutors) are particularly anxious to get to the hearing," Thompson said. "If he's convicted at trial or enters a guilty plea, we don't have to have a hearing. It would be an automatic violation of his probation."

A July 30 pre-trial conference is scheduled in the new case, but Thompson said he hopes to gain permission for Pittman to travel to Tokyo for Tampa Bay's NFL preseason game against the New York Jets on Aug. 2.

"I don't think anything will be resolved before that hearing," Thompson said.

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