Update: Washington suspended from football team
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 01:13:49 GMT —
Update: Monday, Sept. 1 at 12:10 p.m.
The University of Missouri football program announced on its website that Derrick Washington has been permanently suspended from the program.
The statement said:
Derrick Washington has been permanently suspended from the University of Missouri football program. Nothing about this decision will affect his existing athletic scholarship as long as he remains enrolled at Mizzou.
The University will have no further comments on the topic.
Update: Monday, Aug. 30 at 5:33 p.m.
By Mark Slavit
Prosecutors have charged suspended University of Missouri Running Back Derrick Washington with sexual assault.
Assistant Boone County Prosecutor Andrea Hayes said that she filed a single count of felony deviate sexual assault against the star running back Monday after he was suspended from the team on Thursday.
MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel responded to Washington TMs arrest during an afternoon news conference.
Pinkel told reporters that he was embarrassed by three DWI allegations against members of his team and a felony charge of sexual assault facing his star tailback Derrick Washington.
It starts with me, number one," Pinkel said. "I take that responsibility. We TMve done a good job in building a reputation for running a first class program and a disciplined program. I TMm embarrassed. I TMm embarrassed that we have taken a few of these hits.
Derrick Washington turned himself in at the Boone County Jail after he found out there was a warrant for his arrest. Washington posted a bond of $4,500.
In late June, Washington had been served with a protection order and was accused of sexually assaulting a former University of Missouri tutor.
Washington TMs arrest comes after Assistant Coach Bruce Walker, Reserve Linebacker Will Ebner and starting Deep Snapper Beau Brinkley were all arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
MU Athletic Department Officials said the fate of Derrick Washington is out of their hands. Any MU athlete charged with a felony cannot play for any MU team until that charge is resolved.
Derrick Washington TMs first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23. If convicted, Washington could get up to seven years in prison.
The Tigers open their season on Saturday against Illinois in the St. Louis Arch Rivalry game.
Update: Monday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.
Head Coach Gary Pinkel held a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss, among other topics, Derrick Washington TMs charges.
Washington was charged Monday with single count of felony deviate sexual assault.
Pinkel said that he was embarrassed over the Washington situation. He also said that he takes responsibility for Washington TMs actions because the role of a head football coach is that of a second parent.
Pinkel said that despite the Washington situation and the two DWI arrests his discipline program continues to work after 10 years.
Update: Monday, Aug. 30 at 3:45 p.m.
An arraignment has been scheduled for Derrick Washington for Sept. 23.
Washington is charged with a single count of felony deviate sexual assault which could get up to seven years in prison.
Washington turned himself in to the Boone County Jail after Assistant Boone County prosecutor Andrea Hayes said that she talked to Washington TMs lawyers. Hayes told Washington TMs lawyers that there is a warrant for Washington TMs arrest.
Hayes said that it is typical of defendants to turn themselves in after they are alerted of their arrest warrant.
Washington posted his bond of $4,500.
The alleged victim sought a civil order of protection against Washington after the incident.
Washington TMs lawyers released a press release that stated that Washington was never served and provided notice that an order of protection was sought.
Update: Monday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged suspended Missouri running back Derrick Washington with sexual assault.
Assistant Boone County prosecutor Andrea Hayes said a single count of felony deviate sexual assault was filed Monday. She said she will seek $4,500 bond.
Washington has led the Tigers in rushing the past two seasons. Coach Gary Pinkel suspended him last week without disclosing details. Boone County court documents show Washington had been served with a protection order in late June and accused of sexual assault by a former Missouri tutor.
The Tigers open the season Saturday against Illinois in St. Louis.
Update: Monday, Aug. 30 at 1:45 p.m.
University of Missouri football player Derrick Washington has been charged with deviate sexual assault. Boone County prosecutors filed the charge Monday morning.
Coach Gary Pinkel will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss this incident plus the alcohol-related arrests of two players and an assistant coach.
Reserve tight end and long snapper Beau Brinkley was arrested Sunday. He faces a DWI charge.
Police arrested reserve linebacker Will Ebner and assistant coach Bruce Walker for possible drunken-driving violations. So far, they do not face any charges.
Update: Friday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The indefinite suspension of Missouri running back Derrick Washington follows a recent accusation of sexual assault by a former classmate.
Court records show the woman obtained a protection order against Washington on June 22. She accused the senior captain and starting tailback of entering her off-campus apartment three days earlier in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting the 2009 Missouri graduate.
A July hearing was delayed at the woman's request. The case was dropped in late July after both Washington and the alleged victim failed to show up for the rescheduled hearing.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced Washington's suspension for undisclosed reasons on Thursday.
Washington led the Tigers in rushing yards each of the past two years.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri has suspended starting tailback and team captain Derrick Washington indefinitely.
The suspension was ordered prior to Thursday's scrimmage in Columbia.
There was no immediate explanation, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Washington was suspended for disciplinary reasons.
Missouri opens on Sept. 4 against Illinois.