University of Dayton senior forward Dyshawn Pierre is set to miss the Flyers' first 10 games of the 2015-16 season in relation to a rape allegation against him, according to Josh Sweigart of the Dayton Daily News, but the team's top player may not be willing to accept the punishment.
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Pierre was accused of sexual assault by a fellow Dayton student in April, but charges have never been filed due to insufficient evidence, per Sweigart. Even so, the Flyers' leading returning scorer and rebounder was suspended by the university, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.
In response to the school's actions, Pierre's attorney, Peter R. Ginsberg, made it clear that he and his client will fight the discipline, per Goodman:
A false accusation against University of Dayton student-athlete Dyshawn Pierre has recently become the subject of media attention in light of Dyshawn's semester-long suspension. Dyshawn adamantly denies that he engaged in any inappropriate conduct of any sort. Law enforcement clearly agreed and decided not to pursue prosecution of him. Ignoring that decision made by qualified professionals, the University of Dayton subjected Dyshawn to fundamentally defective and unfair University disciplinary procedures orchestrated to appease a broken Department of Education policy. We will be challenging the University's handling of this matter in the near future.
While Dayton officials have never actually called Pierre's impending absence a suspension, Dayton Vice President for Student Development Bill Fischer recently addressed his fall-semester status, according to Sweigart: "Dyshawn Pierre is not enrolled at the university for the fall semester. Therefore, he will not play on the basketball team during this time. The university cannot discuss individual student matters because of federal privacy laws."
Pierre is expected to return for Dayton's Dec. 22 game against Miami (Ohio) if the suspension stands, but Ginsberg is first seeking a hearing for his client in order to get the suspension overturned, per Goodman:
Dyshawn looks forward to a full and fair hearing and, ultimately, to vindication. No one, woman or man, should be subjected to abuse, and no one, woman or man, should be deprived of fundamental rights and fair treatment. We look forward to the truth coming out, and Dyshawn looks forward to returning to the University of Dayton.
Pierre averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season and figured to be a focal point of the Flyers' attack in 2015-16.
As pointed out by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com, Dayton could have a difficult road to a third consecutive NCAA tourney berth without Pierre for any period of time:
The Flyers have far exceeded expectations under head coach Archie Miller, especially two seasons ago when they advanced to the Elite Eight.
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