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Friday / July 19.
  • Illinois All-American hopeful Terrence Shannon Jr. suspended from team after rape charge

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    By CHARLIE PARENT

    Terrence Shannon, a potential All-American, has been suspended by Illinois following a rape charge stemming from a Sept. 8 incident in Lawrence, KS, Illinois confirmed in a release Thursday.

    “On Wednesday, the Douglas County District Attorney issued a warrant for the arrest of Terrence Shannon Jr. Per policy, the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has suspended Shannon from all team activities, effective immediately,” the statement reads.

    “Shannon is charged with rape, as defined under applicable Kansas law. The alleged incident occurred while Shannon visited Lawrence, KS, to attend the Illinois – Kansas football game, played on the evening of Friday, Sept. 8, as a spectator. He was not in Lawrence on official University business, nor was he a member of the University’s travel party.    Shannon traveled to Lawrence Thursday where he presented himself to authorities. He posted bail and is returning to Champaign.”

    His attorney, Mark P. Sutter, released a statement maintaining that Shannon is “innocent of these charges.

    “Since September, when these allegations surfaced, Terrence has cooperated with law enforcement throughout the investigation, declaring his innocence from the beginning,” the statement read. “Several months later, my office learned that formal charges were filed against him yesterday in Lawrence, KS. In less than 24 hours, my client responded, and he voluntarily surrendered to local authorities for processing and release.”

    Shannon was on a tear for the No. 11 Illini this season, averaging 21.7 points per game on 51.4% shooting with 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists to boot.

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