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Appeals court upholds decision to allow Ma'Lik Richmond to play

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CINCINNATI, Ohio -

A federal appellate judge in Cincinnati has ruled to continue allowing Ma'Lik Richmond to play during YSU football games, pending the outcome of his lawsuit against the University. 

Friday evening the court declined to block Judge Benita Pearson decision to allow 21-year-old Richmond to play for Youngstown State University for at least the next 14 days.

The notice of appeal was filed on Friday, one day after Judge Pearson issued a temporary restraining order against the university who was sued by Richmond when YSU took him off the active roster following public outcry over his past rape conviction.

Attorney Christina Corl with the Ohio Attorney General's office filed the emergency motion asking the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a stay on Judge Pearson's ruling before Saturday's home football game.

Corl argued in the filing that the decision to keep Richmond off the field was not meant as a sanction against him, but rather a decision made in the best interests of the University, the student body, and Richmond.

"It is beyond harm to the university to have this TRO enforced in contravention to the reasoned assessment of University administration regarding the health and safety of its students, visitors, and campus," the filing reads.

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