Judge hold-ups ruling in Shannon case vs

  • Myron Medcalf, ESPN

    • Staff WriterJan 12, 2024, 07:17 PM ET Close Covers college basketball
    • Signed up with ESPN.com in 2011
    • Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato

A federal judge has postponed ruling on Illinois basketball star Terrence Shannon Jr.’s request for a short-lived restraining order and immediate reinstatement following his indefinite suspension after an arrest on a rape charge last month.U.S.

District Judge Colleen R. Lawless heard from both sides Friday and said she will take the case “under advisement” and rule at a later date.Shannon’s lawyers said they had no comment when contacted by ESPN after the hearing.Earlier today, Shannon declared a momentary

limiting order against the university in an effort to be restored. The suit, submitted in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Champaign, declares that the university hurried to judgment and did not follow its protocols when it suspended him from all team activities. The filing likewise stated Shannon had actually been informed by Illinois officials that he will not be thought about for reinstatement until his legal case is fixed– which may not take place up until the summertime– and that forcing him to miss out on to remainder of the 2023-24 season would do him “irreversible damage “and affect his future earning capacity in the NBA.Editor’s Picks 1 Associated The supposed rape occurred in September at a bar in Lawrence, Kansas, when Shannon attended the Illini’s football game at Kansas

. The affidavit said a female reported that a male, later on recognized as Shannon, touched her wrongly and sexually assaulted her.According to the initial problem, Shannon was charged with”unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly participated in sexual intercourse with an individual … who did not grant the sexual intercourse under scenarios when she was overcome by force or fear, a severity level 1 person felony.”Shannon’s first court hearing is arranged for next week in Lawrence, but his attorneys stated a trial might not take place till after the conclusion of the college basketball season. They said Shannon will plead innocent at next week’s hearing.The university has noted that Shannon’s trip to Lawrence was individual and not connected to the school in any method– an important point since Shannon and his attorneys have argued that Title IX enforcement policies must use, as they would if the occurrence had actually occurred on the Illinois campus, which the school disputes.The school, in its reaction to Shannon’s lawsuit, likewise said it has “jurisdiction” over student conduct, a concept that would be jeopardized if Shannon is approved a momentary restraining order and enabled to play prior to the conclusion of his legal case.”The harm to the University comes from the reality that approving the Complainant’s asked for relief considerably weakens the University’s ability to take speedy restorative action in the face of credible information suggesting that a student-athlete engaged in major misbehavior, “the school said.”If Plaintiff is able to undo his suspension at this phase, the ramification is that the University is effectively avoided from taking any instant actions in these circumstances, no matter the reasons underlying the University’s actions. If Complainant is able to undo his suspension at this phase, the University’s athletics policy will be undermined and will stop working to act as a deterrent for participation with the criminal justice system.”

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