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The case(s) involving former Mizzou RB Derrick Washington don't have much affect on the Mizzou football team anymore. He's off the team, and not enrolled in school, thus having zero official affiliation with Missouri anymore.
There are, however, still a few unanswered questions about this, though, and one in particular:
How did Gary Pinkel get it so wrong with Washington?
This isn't just another player that was on the team. This is a team captain. This is someone who was promoted to the public by the university when trying to sell tickets to Faurot Field and other MU athletic events, as well as selling MU as a place where you would want to send your kids.
How can we trust the judgment of Pinkel and Co. now?
I'm not writing this to knock him or the university. I'm just pointing out how capable Pinkel and the rest of the Mizzou football team is of getting something so wrong.
Washington's second arrest involving domestic assault includes reports that the woman has said Washington has hit her before. A friend to the victim said she knew her relationship with Washington was abusive.
How did Mizzou not know this?
Abusing others, particularly women, is generally not something that just comes up out of the blue. There are signs of it. As someone that is in charge o 85 vulnerable kids, I would expect the staff to notice something like that. And, even if they didn't notice, I wouldn't expect them to make that person a team captain.
I think many expect better judgment out of Pinkel and the rest of the organization when it comes to people doing the things that Washington has been reported to have done.
Because of this, you're always going to question Pinkel's ability to judge a team leader. Because Washington was tabbed a team leader by Pinkel and other folks associated with Mizzou and they got that one way wrong.
More and more details are coming out in the case(s) of former Mizzou RB Derrick Washington.
He's most recently been accused of hitting an ex-girlfriend, which landed him two charges of domestic assault, a class A misdemeanor.
The details of the night, per the police report via Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune, are a little messed up.
The alleged victim told Washington to leave “at least 50 times,” but he refused and instead grabbed her by the throat and forced her onto her bed. The alleged victim said Washington choked her for approximately 10 seconds then pinned her arms over her head and hit her multiple times in the face, giving her a bloody nose, swollen lips and bruised forehead. The ex-girlfriend said she bit Washington on the hand to get him to stop. At one point, he pressed two fingers into her eye sockets, which led to hemorrhaging in her left eye, according to the report.
Perhaps the most disturbing is this quote from Washington, which he told police on the night in question: “I did not hit her because if I did, she would still be asleep.”
Matter also reports Washington is not enrolled at Mizzou this semester meaning his athletic scholarship is now gone. Mizzou previously let him keep his athletic scholarship even if he wasn't on the team.
Mizzou RB Derrick Washington was charged last week with sexual assault for an incident that allegedly happened last June.
Now Washington has been charged with two counts of third-degree domestic assault in an incident separate of the sexual assault case.
Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune reports that Boone Country prosecutors confirmed that Washington had been charged.
A woman, apparently Washington's ex-girlfriend, called police last Sunday claiming Washington hit her.
No word from Washington's camp on this one.
It's been a bad last month for Mizzou RB Derrick Washington. He was accused of sexual assault at the end of August and that ultimately got him kicked off the Mizzou football team.
Now word comes that at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Columbia police responded to a call with more allegations against Washington.
The victim’s shirt and nose were bloodied and her forehead was swollen, according to the police report. She told police she had an argument with an ex-boyfriend, whom she identified as Washington. The former MU player was not at the scene when police arrived.
Police then went over to Washington's house -- about 3:00 a.m. that morning -- and arrested him. He posted $1,000 bail. He's charged with third-degree domestic assault which is a class A misdemeanor.
Former Missouri Tigers RB Derrick Washington was arrested.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department says Washington, who played tailback for the Tigers before he was suspended from the team, was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor. Washington posted $1,000 bond.
Washington was charged at the end of August for sexually assaulting a woman. He was permanently suspended from the Mizzou football team.
Mizzou AD Mike Alden has had a rough few weeks. He's seen two players and a coach arrested for DWI and the star running back booted from the team for an alleged incident of sexual assault.
Alden said on 810 WHB this week (transcribed words via the KC Star) that all decisions within the athletic program are made with the university's values in mind.
"And so those are the types of processes that we go through. We've never made 'em public and we'll never make ‘em public. Certainly, any actions that we take, that's something we've done internally, which we have in this case. But its something that's been unfortunate, it's been challenging, but that we've made those decisions and we're moving forward from that."
Mizzou has been criticized by some in this process because they acted on Washington so early. Before he admitted guilt for his alleged actions, he was gone from the program.
So, did the school know more than we did?
"We always are communicating at a very good and a very high level," Alden said. "So it would be certainly safe to say that hopefully we have a good handle on everything that's going on around our program and a lot of stuff that we'll know about will be things that aren't necessarily played out in public."
I'm not sure what that means. Alden talked a lot but didn't say much of substance regarding the Washington case. That's probably for the best, though.
Former Mizzou RB Derrick Washington's family spoke with the Kansas City Star recently about the former Mizzou player's exit from the program.
“We were told that if he cleared his name in the court process, he would be welcomed back with opened arms."
Of course that won't happen. Washington permanently been suspended.
Washington's case is going to court on Sept. 23 so it's possible he could have stayed on the team but not played until there was new information available.
Mizzou's not saying much so we're not sure what to think of the Washington family's claims. But I'm wondering what changed between when they allegedly said this to Washington and when they permanently suspended him. It's somewhat odd they didn't give him his day in court for a serious accusation like this.
The permanent suspension of Mizzou RB Derrick Washington has a handful of consequences. First, it means Kendial Lawrence and De'Vion Moore will handle the majority of the rushing duties. Those two don't have much experience but they'll need to produce quickly.
It also means that two freshmen won't get redshirts in year one.
It was possible Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy would have played anyway but this likely confirms that they will.
Josey is 5'10" and Murphy is 5'9" and they're both under 180 pounds. They're both scatbacks like Lawrence and Moore.
None of the players are in exactly the same mold as the 215-pound Washington.
Pinkel says he's just looking for consistency from his running backs moving forward.
"You’re always just looking for mastery of the game plan and great work ethic, trying to improve and get better," Pinkel said. " But the consistency of their play, they’ve been doing that all throughout two-a-days, so they’ll be ready to go."
It'll be interesting to see how these freshmen fit in the mix moving forward. At least in the early goings, it may be more of a community effort until someone pulls ahead of the pack.
With former Mizzou RB Derrick Washington now permanently suspended, the Missouri Tigers focus their attention on sophomore running back Kendial Lawrence.
He's the one who will be taking over for Washington in 2010.
So what kind of experience does Lawrence have? Not much.
Last year he carried the ball 52 times for 219 yards for an average of 4.2 yards per carry, which is below Washington's 5.9 in 2008 and 4.6 in 2009.
He also caught three balls for 49 yards.
He has no rushing or receiving touchdowns.
So that's your Derrick Washington replacement -- 55 career touches.
De'Vion Moore figures to work into the rotation somehow. He's been injured in the last week though.
It was supposed to be Derrick Washington's big year at Mizzou. He was a senior, a team captain and primed for a rebound season in 2010.
Unfortunately, that won't happen now that he's been suspended permanently by Mizzou.
He had a breakout year in 2008. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,036 yards and 5.9 yards per carry with 17 touchdowns. He was expected to extend those numbers in 2009 but an injury hampered him. He had just 865 yards (with more carries) and 10 touchdowns.
This was supposed to be the year he put it all together with the Mizzou offense.
Unfortunately for Mizzou, and for Washington, that won't be happening.
Were you hoping RB Derrick Washington could return to the Mizzou football team soon?
After announcing last week that Washington was suspended "indefinitely", MU athletic officials tell Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star that Washington has been "permanently suspended" from the Mizzou football team.
Here's what MU told the Star via email:
Derrick Washington has been permanently suspended from the University of Missouri football program. Nothing about this decision will affect his existing athletic scholarship as long as he remains enrolled at Mizzou.
A month ago, Washington was a team captain and one of the leaders of the Mizzou football team.
He's been charged with sexual assault.
On Sunday we tried to figure out the timing of Mizzou's suspension of RB Derrick Washington.
The alleged sexual assault took place on June 19 and an order of protection was filed against Washington on June 22.
We wondered why it took so long for everyone to be aware of the situation.
That's because the order of protection was never actually served to Washington, according to a statement from Washington's lawyers, obtained by the Columbia Tribune.
“Considerable media attention has already focused on this situation and reports have contained information that is misleading. The accuser in this case sought a civil order of protection against Mr. Washington in the Boone County Circuit Court in June 2010 and Mr. Washington was never served and provided notice that an order of protection was sought. The civil order of protection case was dismissed when the accuser did not appear in court. Mr. Washington and his representatives were not aware of the accuser seeking an order of protection. Missouri’s online court records system does not contain requests for orders of protection unless a judge grants a full order because it is important to prevent the release of accusations when hearings on the evidence are not held and orders are not issued. Mr. Washington never had the opportunity to respond to the accusations in the application for the order of protection.”
That explains why Mizzou didn't know and why Washington apparently didn't know until last week.
Ultimately this doesn't have much of an affect on Washington's case.
It's official: Mizzou RB Derrick Washington has been charged, arrested and posted bond for allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman on June 19.
Per Dieter Kurtenbach of the Columbia Missourian, via Twitter:
Derrick Washington turned himself into the Boone County Sheriff's office at 2:08 p.m and was bonded out for $4,500.
This is the first step in what may be a long process for Washington.
Check out Rock M Nation for the reaction from Mizzou fans.
And the situation with Mizzou RB Derrick Washington is officially very bad.
Washington has now officially been charged with sexual assault.
Assistant Boone County prosecutor Andrea Hayes says a single count of felony deviate sexual assault was filed Monday. She says she will seek $4,500 bond.
Washington was suspended indefinitely for what Mizzou called disciplinary reasons last Thursday before their intra-squad scrimmage.
Later that night we learned that Washington was facing allegations of sexual assault. The alleged victim had filed an order of protection against him on June 22 after the reported assault encounter on June 19. Neither party showed up to a court date the following month causing the case to be dismissed without prejudice.
Now the prosecutor's office, who had the matter reportedly referred to them within the last couple weeks, filed the charges.
Per MU athletic policy, Washington can not be reinstated to the team until the charge is resolved. Reports surfaced last week that the prosecutor's office had offered Washington a plea deal that would drop the charge to a misdemeanor.
There are questions that continue to surround the Derrick Washington situation.
On June 19, he's accused of entering a woman's room and sexually assaulting her. MU police logged the event and turned into the prosecutor's office but we haven't seen any movement on it since.
Clearly, Mizzou didn't know about the incident when Washington was selected as a team captain and sent to Dallas to represent MU at Big 12 Media Days.
So when did MU first hear about the possibility Washington would be charged with a felony?
Here's AD Mike Alden, per the Columbia Tribune:
“What happens with us, when we get credible information — credible information — that we can be able to act on, our coaches try to react to that,” Alden said. “For us, over the course of the last week and a half or a couple of weeks, we got some information that Coach wanted to be able to respond to, and he did. ...
That suggests in the last week and a half or so there was a new development that caused Pinkel to make the move.
The Tribune cites a source close to the alleged victim that Washington was offered a plea deal recently -- take the deal or go to trial.
That could be the development that caused Pinkel to react.
Though Mizzou has only characterized his suspension as "indefinite", each passing day makes it more unlikely he'll play in the season opener against Illinois.
While a woman has alleged she was sexually assaulted by Mizzou RB Derrick Washington, no charges have been filed by the Boone County Prosecutor's office, according to Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Assistant prosecutor Andrea Hayes told the Post-Dispatch that there is a "matter" with Washington and it "has been referred to our office, and it is under review."
While she wouldn't divulge any more details, Gregorian reports through a source that there have been discussions this week about a plea deal to reduce it to a misdemeanor.
From Washington's perspective, he probably needs to get back onto the field as quickly as possible. Accepting a plea deal, may be the best way to do that.
Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune has done a good job breaking down the situation surrounding Mizzou RB Derrick Washington. As you know, Washington was suspended indefinitely on Thursday and it was later reported he had been accused of sexual assault.
Here are a few details from Matter:
On June 19 at 2:30 a.m., Washington entered the victim’s room at Campus View Apartments "unwilling and unprovoked,” the order states. The victim awoke to him "digitally penetrating her."
Washington, 21, was an acquaintance of the alleged victim and her roommate, according to a source close to the alleged victim.
Check out his story for the full details.
Here's one key part of the situation: Sexual assault is a felony and, per Matter, Mizzou athletics policy says that a student-athlete charged with a felony can't be reinstated "until the matter is resolved."
That said, the prosecutor's office hasn't decided yet whether they would file charges.
It's looking less and less likely Washington will be available week one against Illinois.
Mizzou isn't a running team by any means but the Tigers do still utilize their running backs. With Derrick Washington now suspended indefinitely, Mizzou will look to RB Kendial Lawrence.
He recently said he's more confident this season and understands the playbook better.
“I feel a lot more confident now,” Lawrence said. “I know the schemes and the playbook a lot more than I did last year. I’m just hungry for it. I thought (last year) went pretty good. I always want to do better.”
Here's the thing though: Entering camp, Lawrence was the No. 3 running back. He hopped over De'Vion Moore, who had been injured the last week.
So it's possible the running back Gary Pinkel picked third to start the offseason may end up being the starter.
"We just have to fight through it," quarterback Blaine Gabbert said. "Things are going to happen to this football team but we are going to fight back."
The man replacing him will be backup RB Kendial Lawrence.
"It was a shock to me," Lawrence said of the suspension. "I'm ready to pick up the slack and help this team out any way that I can."
He'll have to pick up the slack. This is a serious allegation and if they've already suspended him, then reading the tea leaves it seems unlikely he'd play week one against Illinois, but that's just speculation at this point.
Mizzou announced on Thursday afternoon that RB Derrick Washington had been suspended indefinitely for disciplinary reasons. After the Tigers scrimmage, head coach Gary Pinkel declined to discuss the situation.
It was only a matter of time until the story got out.
The Missourian has obtained the legal documents. Here's the story:
A woman in her early 20s filed a police report on June 22, three days after she claims Washington entered her room "unprovoked" and sexually assaulted her.
"I was sexually assaulted by him. ... I am pressing criminal charges," she wrote in court documents. "I fear physical retaliation."
An order of protection was issued against Washington on June 22.
A court date was set for July 7 to see if the full protection could be ordered. The woman continued that hearing.
A new court date was set for July 21 and neither party showed up. Per the Missourian, the case was dismissed without prejudice which means it can come before the courts again (not being tried twice because it was never tried in the first place).
Pinkel has clearly been aware of the violations. I imagine Mizzou has some sort of policy requiring the student-athletes to inform someone if they're arrested. AD Mike Alden confirmed to The Missourian that he had been aware of Washington's legal situation.
"I am certainly aware of the situation involving Derrick and the coach's decision to suspend him," Alden said. "(I have known) probably, I think for a few weeks, that there were some things that were being evaluated at that time. "
However, he didn't confirm that the sexual assault case and his suspension were connected because that's not their policy to confirm those sorts of things.
Bottom line? Washington's name is going to be dragged through the mud until his story comes out and with a charge of this nature I would guess he'd miss at least one game.
Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel had the opportunity to address the Derrick Washington suspension but didn't take the opportunity.
Per KOMU in Columbia after Thursday's scrimmage:
According to Coach Pinkel after today's scrimmage... "No comment" about the Derrick Washington suspension.
He doesn't have to talk about it so he won't. The reason will likely get out at some point. He's a pretty big part of the offense so I'd be curious how long Pinkel would suspend him.
I imagine we'll find out at least part of Washington's status when the roster comes out next week for the Illinois game.
If Mizzou RB Derrick Washington's suspension is going to cause him miss the season opener against Illinois, then the Tigers may officially have a running back problem.
Behind him is sophomore Kendial Lawrence. He's just 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds.
The third tailback is De'Vion Moore who is also 5-foot-9 and listed at 195 pounds. However, he's been out of practice for a week with an ankle injury and we're not sure where he stands.
After that is a handful of freshmen.
Washington's suspension probably isn't coming at a good time. At least if something like this had happened in the middle of the season, other backs on the roster would have a little more experience.
If Washington is out for the season opener, then say hello to Kendial Lawrence.
Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel has said previously that he doesn't talk publicly about disciplinary issues with the players. Just this week he passed out that line when being asked about LB Will Ebner's DWI last week.
Word has just broke that RB Derrick Washington has been suspended indefinitely.
Will Pinkel talk about it?
I imagine he'll stick to his "I don't talk about discipline issues" line but this is the starting tailback. If he's out for a few games, or even one game, then Pinkel should say something (but he won't).
Though Washington is suspended, it seems unlikely we'll learn any details from the head coach.
Here's a bombshell out of Columbia, MO:
Mizzou RB Derrick Washington suspended indefinitely for disciplinary reasons
Indefinitely can mean a lot of things. It could mean for the rest of the week, the month or, heck, even the season. I'm sure word will leak soon.
By many accounts, Washington was having a great camp. We'll have more on this soon.
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