(CBS) Illinois on Tuesday afternoon dismissed guard Kendrick Nunn from the men’s basketball team, less than a week after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an incident with a woman in March.
Nunn has previously been indefinitely suspended from the team as the case played out. He was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision and 100 hours of community service in a plea deal that dropped two counts of domestic battery.
“We have made the decision to dismiss Kendrick Nunn from the men’s basketball team, effective immediately,” athletic director Josh Whitman said in a statement. “We have not reached this decision easily; 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 averaged 15.5 points as a junior in 2015-’16, the second-highest total on the team.