UPDATE: Derrick Washington permanently suspended from MU football team

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 12:35 p.m. CDT; updated 5:44 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Missouri senior tailback Derrick Washington at a preseason practice this summer.

**This story has been updated as of 4:09 p.m. The changes have been marked.

COLUMBIA — Derrick Washington has been permanently suspended from the Missouri football team, according to an e-mail from team spokesman Chad Moller.

Washington, the starting running back, was charged with deviate sexual assault on Monday. He was suspended indefinitely from the team on Thursday. His arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 22.

Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Andrea Hayes said Wednesday that nothing in Washington's case has changed since she filed charges on Monday. She said that she could not say anything about the athletics department's decision.

**Attorney Bogdan Susan of Holder, Susan & Slusher, the firm that is representing Washington, confirmed that there have been no recent changes to Washington's case. Susan said he had not spoken with anyone from the Missouri athletics department regarding Washington's permanent suspension.

"You'd have to ask (Athletics Director) Mike Alden about that," Susan said.

Moller's e-mail said the university will have no further comments on the topic, and a call to the athletics department was not returned.

The e-mail also said Washington will retain his athletic scholarship as long as he remains enrolled at MU. Washington said Wednesday that he is still enrolled as a student, but he would not comment on whether he plans to remain enrolled.

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mark lucas September 1, 2010 | 12:57 p.m.

Did Washington break into this young lady's apartment or was he invited. Neither party made it to court for the order of protection hearing. Sounds to me that they were in a relationship that went bad. There's nothing worse that a woman scorned!!!!!!

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Walter Lane September 1, 2010 | 1:06 p.m.

The roommate let him into the apartment, but the tutor was in her own room asleep. He was there to see the roommate.

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Julie Ellebracht September 1, 2010 | 5:12 p.m.

I'm sorry, but is there no sort of provision in an athletic scholarship revoking the scholarship in the event of a permanent suspension? It hardly seems fair that he should be receiving athletic funding when he isn't even playing football, and I say that regardless of the outcome of his trial. His scholarship should be revoked until such time that he returns to the sport, if there will ever be such a time (I don't pretend to know anything about sports, so while "permanent suspension" sounds permanent, I won't make a definite claim about that.)

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Carlos Sanchez September 1, 2010 | 5:40 p.m.

@Julie Ellebracht I bet if it had been a non sports figure they would have pulled the scholarship. I agree with you 100%

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Ellis Smith September 2, 2010 | 7:08 a.m.

This university system has become nationally notorious for how poorly it pays its faculty (at all its campuses).

The system's so-called "flagship campus" has been slipping in one national rating of public universities. (You may disagree with the folks who are doing the rating, but the their results are widely read.)

One of the four campuses of the system has been forced to cap enrollment due to lack of infrastructure to accommodate more students.

So what are we worrying about? The misadventures of some football player. Good grief!

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Walter Lane September 3, 2010 | 11:21 a.m.

Misadventure? That's how you see this? This is a serious matter, not a misadventure.

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