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UPDATE: Derrick Washington permanently suspended from MU football team

By Dieter Kurtenbach, Joan Niesen, Len Goldman
September 1, 2010 | 12:35 p.m. CDT
Missouri senior tailback Derrick Washington at a preseason practice this summer.

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.

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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.