Judge says YSU football player convicted of rape can play this weekend

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --  A judge has decided that a man convicted of rape as a teen in a highly publicized Ohio case will be temporarily reinstated to a college football team.

U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson Thursday granted Ma'lik Richmond, of Steubenville, a temporary restraining order against Youngstown State University, allowing him to play football for the next 14 days.

Youngstown State plays this Saturday.

She has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an injunction Sept. 28.

Richmond filed a federal lawsuit against the university Wednesday after the school allowed him to join the football team as a walk-on and then told him he couldn't play this season.

He's seeking reinstatement to the team's active roster along with attorney fees and an unspecified amount of damages.

Youngstown State attorneys spoke in court Thursday but declined further comment to The Associated Press.

According to WKBN, Youngstown State University stated, in response to the lawsuit, "no good deed goes unpunished," saying that the university "bent over backward" to support Richmond.

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