Kendrick Nunn pleads guilty to battery charge

Kendrick Nunn pleads guilty to battery charge on Wednesday.

CHAMPAIGN -- Illini junior guard Kendrick Nunn plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery on Wednesday as part of a plea agreement.

Nunn was arrested in March and charged with domestic battery for allegedly striking a woman in his apartment. The two counts of domestic battery were dropped as part of the agreement, according to a report by The News-Gazette.

Nunn has been sentenced to 18 months of court supervision and 100 hours of community service. He will also have to enroll in an abuse intervention program, write a letter to the victim and pay a $200 fine.

Per The News Gazette's report, there will be no conviction on Nunn's record if he completes all of these terms.

The next awaited penalty is the one coming from the Illinois men's basketball program. Illini head coach John Groce has yet to issue a statement or declare a punishment.

The athletic department was reached for comment by IlliniInquirer.com in regards to Nunn's status, which remains as an indefinite suspension at this time.

"No change in status until Josh (Whitman) and John have had a chance to review and discuss," Illini associate athletic director Kent Brown said.

However, Whitman told The News-Gazette's Loren Tate that if the court case determined that a player hit a woman, they would no longer be part of the Illinois athletics.

"If the allegations prove true, there is no place in our athletic program for domestic violence. It is an intolerable offense," Whitman said.

Nunn averaged 15.5 points and five rebounds per game last season for the Illini. He was 12th in the Big Ten in scoring, and he figured to be one of the conference's top returning players next season.

But there are certainly no guarantees that he will be back. In fact, if Whitman stands by his statement earlier this month, Nunn won't be.


Illini Inquirer Top Stories