Baylor’s Dunn Reinstated To PracticePosted by jstevrtc on October 14th, 2010
Baylor star LaceDarius Dunn has been allowed to return to practice for the Bears. His reinstatement comes one day before the official start of team practices for college basketball squads across the country, even though Baylor has no “Midnight Madness” type of event.
Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News writes that while Dunn is allowed to rejoin practice, he remains on indefinite suspension as far as participating in actual games, including exhibitions. He returned to class today.
Dunn turned himself in to authorities on October 5th after a warrant was issued for his arrest regarding an altercation with his girlfriend that took place in late September in which Dunn allegedly struck her and fractured her jaw, supposedly necessitating surgery and hardware to repair it. The girlfriend, however, has stated that she does not feel the incident is consistent with a felony assault but rather a misdemeanor, that her jaw was not broken, and that she will not prosecute.
Yesterday, Dunn, who is on target to graduate in May, was found not guilty of “assaulting a female which resulted in her jaw being broken” by Baylor’s Judicial Affairs Disciplinary Committee. The suspension from games remains in place because he still faces a felony aggravated assault charge, but the not guilty verdict from his school and the chance to get back to life as usual had to elicit some sighs of relief from Dunn and head coach Scott Drew as they prepare to follow up on last year’s school-record 28 victories and Elite Eight appearance.