UPDATED: (9-14-17)

A Youngstown State football player Ma’lik Richmond,   who is not allowed to play this season, is suing the university and has filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Youngstown, seeking to be reinstated to the team. Richmond was convicted of rape while still in high school and a member of the Stuebenville (Ohio) HS football team.

CLICK HERE – Court Filing – 29 pages

In the lawsuit, Richmond claims his civil rights are being violated by the university. He argues that since he is a student at the school and made the football team, he should be allowed to play.

To add to the tragedy his father Nathaniel Richmond was killed (8-21-17) after shooting and injuring a Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese.


Ma’lik Richmond (6’4 250lb Sophomore), the player convicted of the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old-girl in Steubenville, will not be permitted to play in games for the 2017 football season. According to his bio on the YSU football web site he attended  California (Pa.) and Potomac State College of WVU.

When asked by the Youngstown Vindicator about Richards, Bo Pellini, Youngstown State Football Coach:

“I gave him some stipulations and some things he had to be able to do and if he lived up to them he’d be able to come out and see if he could be a member of our football team. He did those things and continues to do those things right now and he’s done a nice job for us.”

“Every case is different. You have to listen to their story to see if they are genuine. Gosh, when I was [head coach] at Nebraska I got rid of a lot of kids. Some of them weren’t even given a second chance.”

Youngstown State University said that Ma’lik Richmond convicted of a 2012 rape will not play in any games this upcoming year,  but will remain in the football program as a practice player, forfeiting a year of eligibility.

Richmond is one of two Steubenville (Ohio) football players who were convicted of raping a 16-year-old unconscious girl in Steubenville.

On Saturday a petition was started  to have him removed from the team. There were over 10,000 signatures as of tonight.

Youngstown State University Statement:

Youngstown State University takes the matter of sexual assault very seriously and continues to educate everyone within the campus community about the impact and prevention of sexual assault.

The University is fully aware of the gravity of the situation and of petitions that are circulating on social media in protest and support of one of our students, Ma’lik Richmond. We value the input of the entire YSU community and are committed to providing a safe learning environment and growth opportunities for all students, faculty and staff.

Ma’lik Richmond transferred to Youngstown State University in good standing from his prior institution for Fall 2016. After matriculating at YSU, he expressed a desire to try out for the football program. Ma’lik was advised by the coaching staff that if he integrated himself within the campus community academically and socially and completed the fall semester in good standing, further discussions could occur.

In January, Ma’lik again inquired about trying out for the team. At this time, he was permitted to participate on a tryout basis with the team, for winter workouts. At the conclusion of winter workouts, he was permitted to practice with the team as a walk-on from February to April. Ma’lik Richmond earned a spot on the 105-man roster on August 2 as a walk-on and is not receiving an athletic scholarship. He continues to be in good standing on the YSU campus.

YSU does not restrict any student’s ability to take part in extracurricular activities as long as they are in good standing with the institution. YSU believes that extracurricular activities assist in a student’s ability to succeed.

For the Fall 2017 football season, Ma’lik will not be permitted to compete in any games, but will continue to be a part of the football program as a practice player, forfeiting a year of eligibility. He will be given the opportunity to benefit from group participation, the lessons of hard work and discipline, as well as the camaraderie and guidance of the staff and teammates. He will also continue to work with the University’s director of student outreach and support who assists young men and women in becoming successful students and YSU graduates.

As a state university, YSU is fully committed to complying with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits gender discrimination in education programs and activities, including sexual assault. The University has increased its efforts in the past years to inform, educate and prevent sexual assault and to provide services to victims of sexual assault. YSU is committed to eradicating sexual assault and educating our students beyond the classroom in order to be productive members of society.