Illinois guard Terrence Shannon Jr. charged with rape in Kansas, suspended by school

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Illinois suspended defender Terrence Shannon Jr. from each squad activities Thursday aft nan Douglas County (Kan.) territory lawyer issued a warrant for his apprehension Wednesday.

Shannon, 23, is charged pinch 1 count of rape for an incident that allegedly occurred while he visited Lawrence, Kan., for a Sept. 8 Illinois-Kansas shot game, tribunal documents obtained by The Athletic show. If recovered blameworthy of rape, he could look up to 54 years successful situation and/or a good of up to $300,000 and 36 months of post-release supervision.

According to nan university, Shannon traveled to Lawrence connected Thursday and turned himself successful to authorities. He posted bail and is returning to Champaign, Ill., location of nan university, per nan school.

“DIA argumentation affords student athletes due levels of owed process based connected nan quality and severity of nan allegations,” Illinois diversion head Josh Whitman said successful a release. “We will trust connected that argumentation and our anterior experiences to negociate this business appropriately for nan University and nan progressive parties.”

Shannon’s attorney, Mark P. Sutter, released a statement, saying, “Terrence is guiltless of these charges, and he intends to return his lawsuit to trial.”

Shannon, a elder and All-American candidate, has averaged 21.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists successful 11 games this season. He is No. 3 successful KenPom’s Player of nan Year rankings and tied for eighth nationally successful points per crippled pinch UNC’s RJ Davis.

Shannon is successful his 2nd play pinch nan Illini aft spending 3 seasons astatine Texas Tech.

(Photo: Randy Sartin / USA Today)

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Dana O'Neil

Dana O’Neil, a elder writer for The Athletic, has worked for much than 25 years arsenic a sports writer, covering nan Final Four, nan Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and NHL playoffs. She has worked antecedently astatine ESPN and nan Philadelphia Daily News. She is nan writer of 3 books, including "The Big East: Inside nan Most Entertaining and Influential Conference successful College Basketball History." Follow Dana connected Twitter @DanaONeilWriter

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