Youngstown State’s Ma’lik Richmond Settles Lawsuit With University, Rejoins Team

Ma’lik Richmond reluctantly found himself in the middle of a firestorm earlier this year after a petition called for his dismissal from the football team. Richmond was one of two teens who served nearly a year in jail after he was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl at Steubenville High School in Ohio.

Mounting support for the petition led to the university removing Richmond’s rights to play in the games, but he was still allowed to practice with the team.

Richmond quit the team shortly after, and filed a lawsuit against them.

On Monday, the Youngstown Vindicator reported Richmond has been reinstated and will be allowed to participate during the games. As part of the agreement, Richmond is barred from bringing the same complaints against the university again.

Richmond filed the suit with the U.S. District Court on Sept. 13, which resulted in Judge Benita Y. Pearson granting a temporary restraining order against the university that made Richmond eligible to play.

In the lawsuit, Richmond claimed he had the support of coach Bo Pelini and athletic director Jim Tressel.

As part of the agreement, Ma’lik Richmond agreed to undergo additional training with respect to issues involving Title IX. He appeared in the third quarter of the Youngstown State game on Sept. 16 and played for the remainder of the game.

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