Second Chance for Ma'lik; Supporters start petition of their own

Second Chance for Ma'lik; Supporters start petition of their own

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ma'lik Richmond supporters are fighting fire with fire.

Days after a petition was started asking that Richmond be removed from the Youngstown State University football team because of his conviction in the 2012 Steubenville High School rape case, his supporters are speaking out.

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 football advocates say the petition is to show support for Richardson, a current football player on the  YSU football roster.

The petition states that since 'he has accepted his punishment and has served his time we are in full support of Youngstown State University giving this young man a chance to have an impact on society. We would like Ma'lik Richmond to remain on the Youngstown State Football team! Once our goal is reached we will present this to School President Jim Tressel and the YSU athletic department.'

As of Tuesday morning, the petition has over 670 signatures. The petition's goal is set at 1,000 supporters.

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