MU: Charge against Washington is lat­est hit

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - DAILY DEUCE -

“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.”

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