Illinois basketball star Terrence Shannon Jr faces rape charge, suspended from team

Illinois basketball star Terrence Shannon Jr faces rape charge, suspended from team

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men’s basketball star Terrence Shannon Jr. was suspended on Thursday from the team after he was charged with rape in Kansas.

Shannon faced the charge after an alleged incident back in September when the football team was in Lawrence, Kansas, to face . He was not a part of the school’s traveling party.

Illinois Fighting Illini guard Terrence Shannon Jr. (0) brings the ball up court during the college basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Illinois Fighting Illini on December 9, 2023, at Food City Center in Knoxville, TN. (Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Douglas County (Kansas) District attorney issued a warrant for his arrest.

The school said Shannon traveled to Lawrence to turn himself in to authorities. He posted bail and was returning to Champaign, Illinois.

He was suspended “all team activities, effective immediately,” the school said.

Terrence Shannon vs Missouri

Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. (0) heads to the basket as Missouri’s Tamar Bates (2) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, December 22, 2023, in St. Louis.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“The University and DIA (Division of Intercollegiate Athletics) have shown time and again that we have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct,” Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “At the same time, DIA policy affords student-athletes appropriate levels of due process based on the nature and severity of the allegations. 

“We will rely on that policy and our prior experiences to manage this situation appropriately for the University and the involved parties.”

Shannon transferred to Illinois from prior to the start of the 2021-22 season. He played in 11 games this season and was averaging 21.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season.

The school said it was aware of the allegations since last September but had “yet to receive actional information” until Wednesday.

Terrence Shannon gets the pass

Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. passes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri Friday, December 22, 2023, in St. Louis.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Shannon was an All-Big Ten First-Team selection last season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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