Petition started to dismiss Youngstown State player involved in rape in HS

Ma'lik Richmond was deemed delinquent in juvenile court in March 2013, stemming from the sexual assault of a girl, 16, who had passed out.

A Youngstown State student has started a petition to remove Ma'lik Richmond from the Youngstown State football team because of his involvement in a rape case in 2012, according to multiple reports.

Richmond and a former high school teammate were deemed delinquent in juvenile court in March 2013, stemming from the sexual assault of a 16-year-old in Steubenville, Ohio, after she passed out during a night of drinking, ESPN.com reported.

Richmond had served just shy of a year in a juvenile detention center when he was released in January 2014 and returned to school and the Steubenville football team.

YSU student Katelyn Davis' change.org petition reads, in part:

"Does he deserve a second chance? Yes, he does, and he is receiving that second chance by furthering his education on YSU's campus. Does he deserve the privilege of playing on a football team and representing a university? Absolutely not."

Penguins coach Bo Pelini says Richmond — a walk-on defensive tackle — is abiding by a set of rules the coach gave him.

"I gave him some stipulations and some things he had to be able to do, and if he lived up to them, he'd be able to come out and see if he could be a member of our football team," Pelini told WFMJ.com. "He did those things and continues to do those things right now, and he's done a nice job for us."

As of Monday morning, the petition, launched Saturday, had garnered more than 6,200 signatures of it's goal of 7,500.