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Former MSU basketball player recommended to be banned from university, ESPN reports

September 1, 2020
Freshman guard Brock Washington (14) looks on during post-game interviews of the NCAA Final Four game against Texas Tech at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 6, 2019. The Spartans lost to the Red Raiders 61-51.  (Nic Antaya/The State News)
Freshman guard Brock Washington (14) looks on during post-game interviews of the NCAA Final Four game against Texas Tech at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 6, 2019. The Spartans lost to the Red Raiders 61-51. (Nic Antaya/The State News) —
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According to a report by ESPN, Michigan State University has recommended a ban of former basketball player Brock Washington due to sexual misconduct. This would result in Washington being permanently banned from taking any classes at the university as well as a two year ban from campus. 

In January 2020, a woman accused Washington of sexual assault in his apartment. Prosecutors did not file any charges, but Washington was suspended indefinitely from the men's basketball team. Then in March, at the victim's request, the case was sent to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to be further investigated.

This incident was not Washington’s first accusation of sexual misconduct. In 2018, Washington was charged and plead guilty to fourth-degree sexual misconduct from an incident in August 2017. However, the Michigan State Title IX Office found Washington not guilty, and he was allowed to stay on the team and remain on campus. 

According to the report, on Monday, ESPN obtained a document citing that the Michigan State Office of Institutional Equity determined a "'preponderance of the evidence' established that Washington sexually assaulted a woman."

The document also noted that Washington has not been enrolled at Michigan State since the spring.

Washington has 10 days to decide whether or not he plans to appeal the university's recommendation. If he does not, the recommendations go into effect; however, according to the ESPN report, Washington plans to take action. 

An MSU spokesperson was contacted for comment but declined to give a statement until the investigation and appeals process is complete. 

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