Illini reinstate Jaylon Tate; still evaluating Kendrick Nunn

Illinois reinstates Jaylon Tate after his case is dropped; no official decision yet on Kendrick Nunn after his case is resolved with guilty plea

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois announced Friday that senior point guard Jaylon Tate has been reinstated to the team after state's attorney Julia Reitz on Thursday dismissed a charge of domestic battery.

“Jaylon Tate has been fully reinstated to the men’s basketball program, effective immediately," Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman said in a statement. "Yesterday, the State’s Attorney’s office concluded it could not prove its case against Jaylon. Based on the information we have reviewed, we are confident that Jaylon is indeed innocent. 

Jaylon has shown exceptional character during this unfortunate situation, and in light of yesterday’s decision and our own conclusions, we have welcomed Jaylon back to the program. We encourage our community and fans to do the same.

We have more than 500 student-athletes in the Fighting Illini Family. Some of them were involved in this case in various capacities, and it is important to remember that at all times, but especially during difficult times such as this, we encourage them to be empowered and informed. We support each of them individually and remain committed to fostering an environment that allows each student every opportunity to have a successful experience."

Whitman did not have an update on senior guard Kendrick Nunn after he plead guilty Wednesday to a battery charge as part of a plea agreement.

"Kendrick Nunn’s court case was also resolved this week," Whitman said. "We are continuing to consider Kendrick’s situation and will have no further comment at this time.”

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.

Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman told The News-Gazette's Loren Tate in regards to the domestic violence cases that, "If the allegations prove true, there is no place in our athletic program for domestic violence. It is an intolerable offense."

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.


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