MU: Charge against Washington is latest hit
“Why are you saying that it works?”
“Because I would think that up to this point we’re a very disciplined program,” Pinkel said, “and a respected program.”
Monday was certainly not one of that program’s better days.
After being charged, Washington surrendered to police on Monday afternoon and was released after posting $4,500 bond. Bogdan Susan, the attorney representing Washington, said Washington planned to enter a not-guilty plea.
According to a probablecause statement from University of Missouri police, detective Samuel Easley stated the alleged female victim said she was in her apartment bedroom the morning of June 19 when she “woke up from her sleep to find Washington lying in her bed” and touching her. When her body tensed, the woman told police, Washington left the room.
Deviate sexual assault, according to Missouri statues, is committed when someone “has deviate sexual intercourse with another person knowing that he does so without that person’s consent.”
According to police, the alleged victim’s female roommate let Washington into their apartment around 2:30 a.m. The roommate said Washington was in her room briefly, left and said he would be right back, and returned after about three minutes. The roommate said Washington left the apartment around 3 a.m.
The alleged victim filed for an order of protection from Washington on June 22. Susan (pronounced soo-ZAHN) released a statement Monday saying that Washington was never served with the order.
Susan maintained that because of that, neither Washington nor MU officials knew any of the details of that order, which later was dismissed after neither the alleged victim nor Washington showed up for a court date on July 21.
“The only way a person knows there is an order of protection is if he is served,” Susan told The Star. “It’s extemely difficult to know about a court appearance unless you’ve been notified.”
Pinkel indefinitely suspended Washington on Thursday but did not give a reason. Pinkel said Monday that, according to athletic-department policy, Washington would remain indefinitely suspended until the felony charge is resolved.
Susan said Washington’s arraignment date had been set for Sept. 23, meaning if the date isn’t changed, Washington, a Raymore-Peculiar grad, will at least miss Missouri’s first three games.
Pinkel knew that and said “we’ll let the process take its course.”
Some of Pinkel’s players spoke to the perception that Missouri is a football team gone wild.
In August, assistant coach Bruce Walker, linebacker Will Ebner and long snapper Beau Brinkley were arrested in separate incidents for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
In addtion to Washington, Pinkel also dropped Brinkley and Ebner off the depth chart for Saturday’s season opener against Illinois in St. Louis.
“Everyone outside, I’m sure, (thinks) it must be horrible around the program right now,” starting linebacker Andrew Gachkar said. “Really, we might be missing a couple of teammates right now. But we still have the bulk of our team on the field, playing together.”
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert espoused the same party line.
“We’re focused on the guys who are in the locker room right now,” he said.
Pinkel’s demeanor, his every word on Monday, even his poise in responding to the incredulity of how he could maintain the sky was not falling on his football program, ei- ther spoke volumes or was a convincing act.
“I’m responsible for everything that happens with all 126 football players and my staff,” Pinkel said. “It’s like a parent. Your parents are responsible for their kids, no matter what they do and what they get involved in. I take that responsibility.
“We train kids about alcohol, about assault. We don’t just every once in a while bring it up. In the offseason, we educate. We’re very good at it, and we’re very specific and very consistent. So this message just doesn’t come up once every two or three years. We have rules and regulations and standards.”
Defensive end Aldon Smith contended that having to discipline players did not mean Missouri didn’t have discipline.
“Things happen every day in the world,” Smith said. “It’s how you deal with it. With everything that’s happened with this team, our coaches have done a tremendous job taking care of it. I don’t feel like anything will be wrong with us.”