In today's segment of “what in the hell is wrong with this world”, a Federal Appeals Court has refused a request from Youngstown State University to prevent one of it's players from participating in a college game today.
A federal appeals court last night refused to toss out a ruling by a United States District Court Judge which said that the player can continue to play on the team, while he awaits sentencing for a rape conviction.
According to Youngstown State University, they had asked the appeals court to toss out a Thursday night decision by U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson which temporarily allows a convicted criminal student to play football for Youngstown State University for the next 14 days including in the televised 2 PM game today.
Judge Pearson has scheduled an additional hearing on September 28th to decide whether or not the ruling will be permanent.
21 year old Ma’lik Richmond will be Allowed to participate for Youngstown State University in a game against Central Connecticut State University, despite being <i>convicted of rape</i>.
Ma’lik Richmond, of Steubenville, Ohio filed a lawsuit against Youngstown State this week after the school originally allowed him to join the football team as a walk-on and then told him he couldn’t play this season.
Richmond is now seeking both a full reinstatement to the team’s active roster along with Attorney costs and a currently unspecified amount of damages, seriously, after he's been convicted of a past rape offense.
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Richmond served 10 months in a juvenile prison after he and another Steubenville High School teammate were convicted back in 2013 of raping a 16 year old girl during a highschool party.
The case brought international attention and led to several allegations of a cover up to protect Steubenville’s historic football team.
Later he was released in January of 2014, where he then attended colleges in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania before transferring to Youngstown State in the fall of 2016 as a sophomore.
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The lawsuit states that Richmond and his legal guardians had spoken with officials from Youngstown State University including President Jim Tressel and football Coach Bo Pelini about him joining the team, and both were supportive at the time.
After Coach Pelini made a decision to allow Richmond to play, female students at the University began a petition campaign to prevent the convicted rapist from playing on the team.
This prompted Youngstown State University to issue a statement in the form of an email mailed to every student saying “the school takes sexual assault very seriously, and that Richmond would be allowed to continue practicing with the team but would lose a year of eligibility.”
After the email circulated Richmond quit the team and filed the lawsuit.
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