Miladin Kovacevic, minus his shirt, gets in some running in Vrbas while training for a Serbian basketball team that plays at the lowest level in the "B" league.
Here is the first look at Serbian thug Miladin Kovacevic since he fled the U.S. to avoid charges he beat a Brooklyn college kid, Bryan Steinhauer into a coma. Kovacevic, 21, stepped out from the shadows Friday to practice with his new basketball team in the small Serbian town of Vrbas - brazenly flaunting his escape from justice.
He looked relaxed, peeling the shirt off his massive, 6-foot-9-inch, musclebound frame before stretching and running. He did not speak to reporters. "We offered him to play for us and practice to get things off of his mind," said Boris Hromis, the coach of Division III club KK Vrbas.
"And where could I find such a player for absolutely no money?" Kovacevic is accused of beating Binghamton University 135-pound senior Bryan Steinhauer, 22, at a campus bar in early May. He posted $100,000 bail and quickly fled to his home country using an illegal passport provided by a rogue consulate official.
Hromis said Kovacevic told him he will not surrender to U.S. authorities.
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Kovacevic's public appearance came as American officials continue to press their Serbian counterparts to hand over the hulking suspect. Steinhauer's attorney, Irwin Rochman, demanded that Kovacevic be returned to the U.S. "We continue to hope that the Serbian government will find a way to do the right thing and will turn him over to American justice," Rochman said.
Steinhauer is still emerging from a coma and remains unable to eat or speak on his own. Serbian officials have said Kovacevic won't be extradited, prompting Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to threaten to push for withholding aid to the country.