YSU player back on field

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - OUTDOORS -

Ma’lik Rich­mond played in Youngstown State’s 59-9 win over Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State on Saturday, a day af­ter a fed­eral ap­peals court de­clined a univer­sity re­quest to keep the de­fen­sive end from play­ing.

Rich­mond, 21, was con­victed of rape as a teenager in Steubenville, Ohio, and he sued Youngstown State this week af­ter the school al­lowed him to join the foot­ball team but then told him he couldn’t play this sea­son. The school backed off its ini­tial de­ci­sion af­ter a pe­ti­tion be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing on cam­pus de­mand­ing Rich­mond not be al­lowed to play.

He en­tered Saturday’s game late in the third quar­ter with Youngstown State lead­ing, 52-6, and played for the rest of the game.

Rich­mond fin­ished with two tack­les, in­clud­ing one for a two-yard loss

Youngstown State had asked the ap­peals court to throw out a de­ci­sion by U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge

Benita Pear­son to tem­po­rar­ily al­low Rich­mond to play foot­ball for the school for at least 14 days.

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