Richmond plays for Youngstown State after court decision
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — 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.
“You’re happy for the kid,” Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini said. “It’s not about me.”