Just over three weeks after it was reported that VCU rising junior forward Mo Alie-Cox was being charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for his role in an incident at a Richmond night club, it was announced that the charges have been dropped.
According to WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, video of the alleged incident between Alie-Cox and a woman contradicted her claim that the player punched her in the face following comments made regarding the departure of former head coach Shaka Smart. According to the report, Alie-Cox was not involved and had his back to the incident.
“We have been informed by the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office they have determined that Mo had no involvement in the alleged assault and that the charges against him will be withdrawn,” VCU Director of Athletics/Associate Vice President Ed McLaughlin said in a statement released by the school. “These actions confirm our knowledge and experience of Mo as an upstanding young man of the highest character who has represented our men’s basketball program and our university with exemplary leadership academically, socially and athletically.
“We look forward to watching him continue to represent VCU for the next two years as a member of our program.”
Alie-Cox, who started all 36 games for the Rams in 2014-15, averaged 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and will be a key player in the first season of Will Wade’s tenure at VCU.