Illini’s Shannon suspended indefinitely after arrest

Illini’s Shannon suspended indefinitely after arrest

Illinois announced Thursday that star guard Terrence Shannon Jr. has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities after his arrest on a rape charge.

The Douglas County DA’s office in Kansas issued a warrant for Shannon’s arrest on Wednesday for an incident that allegedly occurred in Lawrence back in September. Shannon turned himself in Thursday morning on a charge of “rape; sexual intercourse without consent and use of force.”

According to the school, the alleged incident took place when Shannon was in Lawrence for the Kansas-Illinois football. However, he was “not in Lawrence on official University business, nor was he a member of the University’s travel party.”

Shannon has retained Illinois-based lawyer Mark P. Sutter.

In a statement on Thursday, Sutter said, “Since September, when these allegations surfaced, Terrence has cooperated with law enforcement throughout the investigation, declaring his innocence from the beginning. Now, several months later, my office learned that formal charges were filed against him yesterday in Lawrence, KS. In less than 24 hours, my client responded, and he voluntarily surrendered to local authorities for processing and release. Terrence is innocent of these charges, and he intends to take his case to trial.”

ESPN obtained a copy of the complaint stating that Shannon “unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly engaged in sexual intercourse with a person … who did not consent to the sexual intercourse under circumstances when she, was overcome by force or fear, a severity level 1 person felony.”

In 11 games this year, Shannon has led Illinois to a 9-2 straight-up record and a 6-4-1 against-the-spread mark. The fifth-year senior is averaging 21.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.0 steals per game. He’s buried 51.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, 40.8 percent of his 3-pointers and 77.1 percent of his free throws.

Illinois has won seven of its last eight games, going 6-0-1 ATS in its last seven outings. Without Shannon, the Fighting Illini will open Big Ten play at home on Jan. 2 vs. Northwestern.