CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A petition launched by a Youngstown State University student asks that Ma'lik Richmond be 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.
See below for the response from Youngstown State University, which includes the institution's decision to suspend Richmond for the entire 2017 season. However, Richmond will remain on the team, and can be eligible for play in the 2018 season.
As of Tuesday evening, the petition has amassed nearly 11,000 signatures.