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.