Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus Reinstated After Acquittal of Sexual Assault Charges

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2019

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus is shown on the sideline before the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Ohio State, in Indianapolis. Cephus appeared in court in Madison, Wisc., on sexual assault charges, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
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The Wisconsin Badgers announced Monday wide receiver Quintez Cephus was reinstated as a student and has rejoined the team, although they are still "working through eligibility issues before he can participate in a game." 

Todd Richmond of the Associated Press noted Cephus' reinstatement comes after a jury acquitted him of sexual assault charges on August 6.

Wisconsin's statement stressed how seriously the athletics department takes such allegations, with director of athletics Barry Alvarez pointing to the "robust educational program around sexual misconduct in place" for Badger student-athletes.

According to Richmond, Chancellor Rebecca Blank released a statement Monday revealing the school acquired new information that wasn't presented during the student conduct review.

Cephus was suspended from the football team for the 2018 season and later expelled from the school after two women said he sexually assaulted them in his apartment in April 2018. The receiver said the encounter was consensual, while the women said they drank too much to consent.

He was charged with second- and third-degree sexual assault.

Cephus played for the Badgers during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was one of the team's top receivers in 2017 before he broke his right leg during a November game against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Wisconsin starts its 2019 campaign on Aug. 30 against the South Florida Bulls.

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