Dayton senior Dyshawn Pierre will fight his suspension and is also dealing with an alleged sexual assault that could be the basis of his first-semester suspension, according to multiple reports.
In a report from Josh Sweigart from the Dayton Daily News, another Dayton student accused Pierre of sexual assault, which Pierre and his lawyer, Peter R. Ginsberg, have denied.
From Sweigart’s report:
In response to a request under Ohio public records laws for records related to criminal allegations against Pierre, UD police provided 15 pages detailing an investigation into allegations that a sexual assault occurred on campus in the early-morning hours on April 23.
The incident was reported in May and the investigation was concluded in June. It then was turned over to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor’s office spokesman Greg Flannagan said his office declined to press charges “due to insufficient evidence.”
With Pierre now publicly facing sexual assault allegations due to Sweigart’s report, Ginsberg released a statement on Wednesday night, which was first reported by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.
“A false accusation against University of Dayton student-athlete Dyshawn Pierre has recently become the subject of media attention in light of Dyshawn’s semester-long suspension. Dyshawn adamantly denies that he engaged in any inappropriate conduct of any sort. Law enforcement clearly agreed and decided not to pursue prosecution of him. Ignoring that decision made by qualified professionals, the University of Dayton subjected Dyshawn to fundamentally defective and unfair University disciplinary procedures orchestrated to appease a broken Department of Education policy. We will be challenging the University’s handling of this matter in the near future.
Dyshawn looks forward to a full and fair hearing and, ultimately, to vindication. No one — woman or man — should be subjected to abuse, and no one — woman or man — should be deprived of fundamental rights and fair treatment. We look forward to the truth coming out, and Dyshawn looks forward to returning to the University of Dayton.”
Dayton announced that Pierre was not enrolled in classes over the weekend but the school cited federal privacy laws and declined to elaborate in the statement. The first semester at Dayton ends on Dec. 18, which means if the suspension were upheld Pierre could return as soon as Dec. 22 for the Flyers game against Miami (Ohio).
With Pierre looking to fight this suspension, we’ll have to wait and see how this unfolds and if he’ll be able to return during the first part of the season. As one of the major pieces returning to Dayton from last season’s NCAA tournament team, the Flyers need Pierre’s versatility as he tied for second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and led in rebounding (8.1 rpg).
Despite dealing with depth issues from December on, the Dayton Flyers managed to make their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and nearly made their way to the Sweet 16 after playing in the First Four. Thanks to the addition of some new recruits depth wasn’t expected to be an issue for Archie Miller’s Flyers this season, but on Sunday it was learned that one of the team’s top returnees will miss some time.
Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre, who along with Kendall Pollard is the team’s leading returning scorer, has been suspended for the fall semester. According to the statement released by the school he is not enrolled in classes this semester. No details were provided, with the school citing federal privacy laws as the reason why.
Not only did Pierre average 12.7 points per game last season, but he also led the Flyers in rebounding by pulling down 8.1 caroms per contest. Pierre shot 46.3 percent from the field as a junior and was fourth on the team with 36 made three-pointers. Not having a player such as Pierre who can score on multiple levels and also hold his own as a rebounder and defender will hurt the Flyers as they look to navigate their non-conference schedule.
The earliest Pierre can return to the program is at the end of the fall semester (December 18), meaning that he’ll miss games against the likes of Alabama (November 17), Iowa (November 26 as part of the Advocare Invitational in Orlando), and Vanderbilt (December 9).
With Pierre unavailable, players such as Pollard and James Madison transfer Charles Cooke become of even greater importance for Dayton. The Flyers also add three freshman forwards to the mix in Sam Miller, Xeyrius Williams and Ryan Mikesell among the team’s four newcomers.
Having reached the NCAA tournament in each of the last two seasons, Archie Miller’s Dayton Flyers will not only be expected to do so for a third consecutive year but they’ll also be one of the favorites in strengthened Atlantic 10. Thursday the program released its non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season, and the Flyers could face as many as six NCAA tournament teams before the start of Atlantic 10 play.
The most noteworthy matchup is their game at Vanderbilt December 9, with the Commodores boasting a team that’s expected to be among the best in the SEC. There’s also an appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational, where it was reported earlier this week that they’ll open against Iowa in the lone quarterfinal matchup of teams that reached the NCAA tournament a season ago.
Also in that field are Notre Dame, Wichita State, Xavier, Monmouth, USC and Alabama, with games being played November 26, 27 and 29 in Orlando.
Dayton opens up its regular season with games against Southeast Missouri (November 13) and Alabama (November 17), and they could face the Crimson Tide twice this season depending upon how the AdvoCare Invitational bracket shakes out (they’re on opposite sides of that bracket). Dayton also has a game against an opponent yet to be determined November 21.
While the Flyers did lose guard Jordan Sibert from last season’s team, contributors such as Scoochie Smith, Dyshawn Pierre and Kendall Pollard all return and they’ll add both size and depth as well. The dismissal of their two biggest players mid-season led to Dayton playing a seven-man rotation in which none of the players were taller than 6-foot-6.
That won’t be an issue in 2015-16, as Dayton adds Steve McElvene (sat out for academic reasons last season) and freshman Sam Miller to the program. In total the Flyers welcome four freshmen, with Bradley transfer Josh Cunningham having to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.