Thousands call for Ohio college coach to remove player convicted of rape from team

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WCMH) — Just over 5,000 people are asking Youngstown State University football coach Bo Pelini to remove a player who was found delinquent in a sexual assault case.

YSU Sports Information Director Trevor Parks confirmed that Ma’lik Richmond, who is #96, walked onto the team in January. He formerly attended Steubenville High School.

Richmond and teammate Trent Mays were both found delinquent in connection with the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl during a 2012 party. Police said the girl was unconscious at the time.

Both Richmond and Mays were sentenced to time at a juvenile detention center. A petition on calls for his removal from the team. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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