Illinois dismisses Kendrick Nunn

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Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn drives to the hoop on Purdue's Raphael Davis during the Illini's 84-70 win over the Boilermakers on January 10th.

By Shannon Ryan -CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Illinois dismissed guard Kendrick Nunn from the basketball team on Tuesday following his guilty plea last week to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a domestic violence arrest.

“We have not reached this decision easily,” athletic director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “We care deeply about Kendrick and want him to be successful. But after extensive deliberation, we think it best for our program to reaffirm our core values of trust and respect, to send a strong message about what is acceptable behavior for our student-athletes at the University of Illinois, and to part ways with Kendrick.

“As it is on college campuses across the country, relationship violence is of significant concern at our University, and we expect Fighting Illini student-athletes to be leaders in promoting healthy, respectful, caring relationships. We wish Kendrick all the best as he prepares for the next chapter of his life.”

Nunn was one of three basketball players arrested on violent offenses shortly after the season ended. Nunn pleaded guilty last Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge after being accused of hitting a woman in the head, pushing her to the ground and pouring water on her.

He will avoid a conviction on his record if he completes 100 hours of public service, enrolls in a partner abuse prevention program and writes a letter of apology to the victim while under 18 months of court supervision.

Nunn played in 96 games during his three seasons with the Illini, averaging 10.6 points per game for his career. He was Illinois’ second-leading scorer and rebounder last season with 15.5 points and five rebounds per game.