Petition requests Steubenville convicted rapist removed from Youngstown State football team

Petition requests Steubenville convicted rapist removed from Youngstown State football team

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A petition started by a Youngstown State University student asks that Ma'lik Richmond is removed from the college football team because of his conviction in the 2012 Steubenville High School rape case.

Richmond and another former Steubenville High School student were convicted of raping a 16-year-old high school student who had passed out after a night of drinking. Richmond spent a year in juvenile detention and was released in January 2014.

The change.org petition asks Youngstown State University football coach Bo Pelini and university president Jim Tressel to remove Richmond from the team. The petitioner has a problem with Richmond representing the team's image.

The student argues that Richmond deserves a second chance, but should not be allowed to represent the football team and university:

"Does he deserve a second chance? Yes, he does, and he is receiving that second chance by furthering his education on YSU's campus. Does he deserve the privilege of playing on a football team and representing a university? Absolutely not. Education is a right, whereas playing on a sports team is not."

As of Monday morning, the petition has over 6,200 signatures. The petition's goal is set at 7,500 supporters.

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