The Temple Owls may have just opened Pandora’s Box when it comes to the case of athletes committing crimes. Two athletes seemingly will not face punishment from the university following their indictment in an assault case.
This situation is only going downhill from here.
According to College Football Talk, James Funt, the lawyer for two Temple Owls facing felony assault charges, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his clients would not face punishment after they were charged in a felony assault case. In January, Hasson Reddick and Dion Dawkins were accused of assaulting an unnamed victim.
The two were originally charged with aggravated assault on top of other charges, but the charges were dismissed in late April.
“There was a hearing [Monday] and the Temple Student Conduct Board found that Dion and Haason were not responsible for the allegations lodged against them,” Funt told the Inquirer. “They are free to go to school and class and engage in football activities.”
The ruling for the charges to be dismissed was reversed by a Commons Plea judge and both Reddick and Dawkins will now have to face trial. The two were originally indefinitely suspended by the university following the charges being filed, but it is unclear whether or not that is still the case right now.
The situation is getting pretty jumbled in Philadelphia and it may be months before a final decision is reached.
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