April 18, 2024

Illinois basketball star Terrence Shannon Jr. has been reinstated from his suspension after a federal choose granted his movement for a brief restraining order in opposition to the varsity.

Shannon sought the order in opposition to the varsity’s board of trustees earlier this month, so he might return from a suspension after being charged with rape final month.

The guard was granted a preliminary injunction by U.S. District Choose Colleen Lawless, and the varsity confirmed Shannon would rejoin the workforce “instantly.”

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Terrence Shannon Jr. of the Illinois Combating Illini handles the ball in opposition to the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Heart Dec. 2, 2022, in School Park, Md. (G Fiume/Getty Photos)

“Terrence Shannon Jr. has been reinstated to full standing as a college student-athlete and might be accessible for basketball apply and competitors,” the varsity stated, through 24/7 Sports activities. “We’ll proceed to assessment the courtroom order and monitor the case.”

“The Plaintiff has established that he has clearly ascertainable rights that want safety and there may be some probability of success on the deserves,” Lawless wrote. “The Courtroom additional finds that Plaintiff has no satisfactory treatment at legislation and can endure irreparable hurt with out an injunction. 

“The potential hurt to Plaintiff outweighs any hurt to the College. The general public curiosity isn’t harmed by granting injunctive reduction to permit for extra procedural safeguards whereas he’s presumed harmless of the felony prices. As a result of Plaintiff financially helps a number of members of the family, the Courtroom is not going to require Plaintiff to publish bond.”

Shannon’s attorneys argued the college rushed to judgment and didn’t observe its protocols. Lawless stated the varsity is prohibited from suspending Shannon earlier than permitting him the safety of coverage by the varsity’s Workplace of Pupil Battle Decision.

Illinois Combating Illini guard Terrence Shannon Jr. throughout a sport in opposition to the Tennessee Volunteers Dec. 9, 2023, at Meals Metropolis Heart in Knoxville, Tenn. (Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

Prosecutors in Douglas County charged Shannon Dec. 5 with rape or another rely of sexual battery. The criticism says the accuser was born in 2005. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Illinois suspended Shannon Dec. 28 from “all workforce actions, efficient instantly.”

The alleged sufferer advised police Shannon pulled her towards him, put his palms below her skirt and touched her sexually. She stated the room was so crowded she couldn’t “do something,” an affidavit stated.

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Shannon transferred to Illinois from Texas Tech previous to the beginning of the 2021-22 season. He performed in 11 video games this season and was averaging 21.7 factors, 4.5 rebounds and a pair of.5 assists.

The varsity stated it was conscious of the allegations since final September however had “but to obtain actionable info” till Dec. 27.

Terrence Shannon gets the pass

Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. passes throughout the first half of a sport in opposition to Missouri Dec. 22, 2023, in St. Louis.  (AP Picture/Jeff Roberson)

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Shannon was an All-Massive Ten first-team choice final season.

He final performed Dec. 22, when he dropped 30 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds in opposition to Missouri of their “Braggin’ Rights” rivalry

Illinois (13-4, 3-2), ranked No. 14 within the nation, hosts Rutgers Sunday. Shannon has missed six video games.

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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