Corey Lyons, a former standout at Garner High School, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence.
After making his first court appearance Monday morning, Lyons was released on $5,000 bond.
The arrest report says Lyons grabbed his girlfriend by the arm and verbally threatened her.
A source close to the accuser says the argument started at the apartment Lyons and his girlfriend share. The girlfriend left the apartment and went to Crabtree Valley Mall. She says Lyons followed her to the mall where he grabbed her and threatened her.
The alleged victim's mother says she is afraid for her daughter's life.
"I'm just concerned because, statistically, people who are abused and go back to their abusers end up dead," she says.
Lyons was charged with domestic violence against the same girlfriend last year.
"He injured her pretty bad the first time with a pair of scissors," says the girlfriend's mother. "He cut her hair off, held her down, held her hostage for two days in her apartment. This time she didn't let it escalate to that level, but she did make the mistake of having contact with him again."
Lyons' attorney, Woody Webb, says the defense "disputes the characterization of the facts as voiced by the victim's mother."
The football player started attending court-ordered anger management classes after his first arrest.
"There's fault on both sides, but he took responsibility the first time and he's taking care of that," says Webb.
Some State fans believe student athletes are singled out unfairly.
"I think it's harder on them as opposed to a regular student. No one reports when a regular student gets a DWI or has a domestic violence incident," says N.C. State student Cyrus Vescio.
Some fans say they will not judge Lyons until they know more about the charges.
"He may have gotten arrested, but I don't think he's necessarily guilty," says sports fan Russ Camp. "He should be found guilty in a court of law, and it should be proven that he actually did it."
Lyons is the third N.C. State to be arrested in recent months.
- The assault case against basketball guardAnthony Grundyhas been postponed until after basketball season. Grundy is accused of attacking his girlfriend last month. N.C. State is allowing Grundy to play while the case is on hold.
- Teammate,Damon Thornton, was arrested last year on charges that include drunk driving. Thornton pled guilty, went to counseling and returned to the team after a brief suspension. Head football coach Chuck Amato is out of town. Athletic director Lee Fowler told WRAL on Monday that the university will look into the charges against Lyons, but will not make an immediate decision about his playing status.