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YSU issues statement on convicted rapist's football position

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After days of controversy surrounding a walk-on football player for the Youngstown State University Penguins, the University is reaching out. 

Posting to their official Facebook page, the University announced that Ma'lik Richmond, the player convicted of the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old-girl in Steubenville, will not be permitted to play in games for the 2017 football season. 

However, the statement says that Ma'lik will continue to be a part of the football program as a practice player, forfeiting a year of eligibility.

He will also continue to work with the University's director of student outreach and support.

Richmond enrolled at YSU as a student in 2016 and joined the football team in January of 2017.

The statement details that Richmond had to prove himself to the coaching staff who wanted to wait to see if he was integrated academically and socially, and in good standing after one semester. 

The university said that it does not restrict any student's ability to take part in extracurricular activities as long as they are in good standing with the institution.

21 News spoke with YSU Sports Information Director Trevor Parks. He said that this was the university's decision and did not want to comment any further. 

Late last week a petition was started by a YSU student who wanted Richmond removed from the team. 

YSU's statement can be read here:

Petitions have been circulating the internet for several days, both supporting Richmond, and opposing his eligibility to play. 

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