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7:12 PM, Oct 13, 2010   |    comments
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  • Willie Reed Jr. and Kwamain Mitchell

By Ann Rubin

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- After months of waiting, a final decision has come down: two stars of the St. Louis University basketball team have been suspended from school after allegations of sexual assault against them last spring.

Players Willie Reed Jr. and Kwamain Mitchell, once standouts on the Billikins team, are off the court and out of class.

Will Reed Sr. is outraged that the school handed down its own disciplinary action, even though prosecutors found there was not enough evidence for charges in the case.

Reed's father says the two have been suspended for one semester and are being asked to write formal letters of apology. He believes this punishment is too harsh considering there was no criminal wrong doing in this case.

Reed Sr. also believes that the disciplinary process was unfair. He thinks the students should have each had their own hearing and been given more time to prepare considering their futures and reputations were on the line. He wants the suspensions revoked.

"...To be reinstated to the university without any type of suspension at all. And if they cannot do that within a timely manner, then we have no other choice but to transfer out," Reed said.

But if the suspension stands? "We will pull him out and follow through with a lawsuit against the university," he added.

The university released a statement Wednesday, saying only that Mitchell and Reed are "currently not enrolled in the University. Federal law does not allow the University to release any additional information without the consent of the students involved."

Reed says the initial recommendation was a year suspension and that following an appeals process it was reduced to just the one semester.



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