YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — 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.”
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 the next 14 days, including Saturday’s game. Pearson has scheduled a Sept. 28 hearing to determine whether to make the decision permanent.
Richmond finished with two tackles in the game, including one for a two-yard loss, and he forced a false start penalty by Central Connecticut State. The defensive end also celebrated a sack by teammate Xavier Bailey in the fourth quarter by pushing Bailey to the ground following the play.
Youngstown State appealed the decision allowing Richmond to temporarily play to…
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