UPDATE: Illini's Nunn arrested, suspended

UPDATE: Illini's Nunn arrested, suspended

URBANA — University of Illinois basketball player Kendrick Nunn has been charged with domestic battery for allegedly striking a woman in her apartment Wednesday evening.

Champaign police arrested the junior guard at 5:10 p.m. Thursday after a judge issued a warrant earlier in the day on the misdemeanor charges. Nunn turned himself in.

Later Thursday, UI athletic director Josh Whitman and men's basketball coach John Groce issued a joint statement, indicating Nunn "has been suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities pending legal proceedings and an investigation into allegations of domestic battery."

The two issued a similar statement after UI guard Jaylon Tate's arrest on Saturday morning. Tate, too, is suspended for alleged domestic violence.

"Once again," Thursday's statement read, "we encourage everyone to allow the legal process to work before passing judgment."

Jail records show Nunn posted bond ($500) and was released at 10:25 p.m. Thursday.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Ziegler said Champaign police were called to the apartment of the alleged victim in the 500 block of South Second Street, Champaign, about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

 

“Neighbors call 911 to report a loud argument. They hear a woman yelling, ‘Get off of me’ and a man yelling, ‘Give me my money,’” Ziegler said.

Police talked to the 20-year-old woman at the door of her apartment. Nunn was in the living room but no one else was in the apartment, he said.

“Initially, they both indicate it is just a friendship and that nothing physical happened,” the prosecutor said.

Police officers talked to Nunn and asked him to leave. Ziegler said there was no arrest at the time because both Nunn and the woman said nothing happened.

Ziegler said some time later, the woman called the police and said that she and Nunn do indeed have a relationship and that something had happened. Officers returned to her apartment.

“She said they were arguing about their relationship and whether or not she owed him money and at some point he did push her and strike her in the back of the head. During the physical part of the altercation is when Champaign police showed up,” Ziegler said.

Ziegler said police reported seeing red marks on her neck and shoulder. They took photos.

The information was taken to the state’s attorney’s office Thursday and Judge John Kennedy issued a warrant for Nunn’s arrest with a $5,000 bond.

Ziegler said the charges allege he struck her about the head, pushed her to the floor and held her by the neck and that in doing so, the contact was of an “insulting or provoking” nature.

Nunn, 20, is expected to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon. He listed an address in the 0-100 block of East John Street in the same apartment where fellow teammate Tate, 21, lives.

 Urbana attorney Evan Bruno confirmed that he was hired Thursday afternoon by Nunn’s father, Melvin Nunn, to represent his son. Bruno and his father, Tom Bruno, are also representing Tate on his misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

Nunn and Tate were teammates at Chicago Simeon for two seasons and won a pair of Class 4A state championships together in 2012 and 2013 while going a combined 39-4. Nunn was also on Simeon’s 2010 and 2011 4A title teams, and the Wolverines posted a 110-15 record in his high school career.

Nunn’s arrest is the fourth for the Illinois basketball program since August.

Darius Paul was arrested in August in France during the team’s foreign tour, Leron Black was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly brandishing a knife outside an Urbana night club in February and Tate was arrested last week for misdemeanor domestic battery. The alleged victim in Tate’s case told his attorney he didn’t do it but the charges remain on file against him.

Nunn, a junior guard, averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. He missed the first five games of the season recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb during a mid-October practice. Nunn also missed the game at Michigan State to remain in Champaign for the birth of his son, Kason.

The woman who was allegedly battered by Nunn is not the mother of his newborn.

 

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BruckJr wrote on March 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Could we get a Steve Bardo quote?

Cuthbert J. Twillie wrote on March 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm

I wonder if this this the mother of his child or another "friend".

 

You guys are about to have as many arrests as victories this year.

PortlandIllini wrote on March 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Let me repeat a comment that I made earlier this year.   The University of Illinois should provide 24/7 legal representation for any student who is arrested in Champaign/Urbana.   Given recent behavior of both men's and women's sports teams,  this should keep some law students very busy.

 

Meanwhile, did you notice that ESPN just won a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame?   Apparently, the Notre Dame police have been keeping secret all police files dealing with athletes and ESPN sued to gain access.   Is this why we don't see stories in the Chicago Tribune about ND arrests?

annabellissimo wrote on March 17, 2016 at 7:03 pm

"Meanwhile, did you notice that ESPN just won a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame? Apparently, the Notre Dame police have been keeping secret all police files dealing with athletes and ESPN sued to gain access. Is this why we don't see stories in the Chicago Tribune about ND arrests?"

Well, one presumes that Notre Dame would model its institutional response to illegal behavior on the response of the Vatican to illegal behaviors within its purview. However, the NCAA has some rules about athletes moving from one school to another whereas the Vatican didn't have any such rules when it enabled all its moves. It would be gratifying to see some - even just a modicum - of public accountability expected of Notre Dame, in contrast to the media sanctification of it, the real meaning of "hail Mary pass."

Pardon me; my cynicism is showing.

jakewoolfson wrote on March 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Do we have a lawyer on retainer?  Maybe it's time.

BruckJr wrote on March 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

We have a lawyer as athletic director.

kaw wrote on March 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

The question of free legal services for students was recently addressed in the New-Gazette.  UI students, athlete or not, are entitled to free legal representation except in felony charges. With only a $5,000 bond, I'm betting Mr. Nunn was charged with misdemeanor battery.  

illini82 wrote on March 17, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Who says the "Fighting" Illini can't beat anybody?

They do a good job of beating women!

This program has become toxic and a bigger embarrasment than Beckman and his gaffes and that's saying something!

Josh may end up being a full time lawyer for the Basketball team.

MAC654 wrote on March 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Both the Football and Basketball programs are like a reality show in the making......  This is the 4th major announcement in the past two weeks..  I'm not sure where this will go, but this couldn't be good for the basketball program and Coach Groce.

RPeterE wrote on March 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

To think last weekend Nunn was sticking up for his buddy Tate by saying that it didn't happen and that women lie. Not surprising now we have Nunn arrested for beating up on a woman himself. Why am I not surprised as they seem to be birds of a feather and cut from the same cloth. I am so tired of this abusive and thuggish behavior by Illinois athletes. These are not the kind of role models I want representing the U of I. There is obviously no institutional control or strong enough coaching influence in these wayward men's lives. There is no conspiracy against the players and team. This team has become infested with rot and it started even before Tate, Nunn and Black. There were incidences with Darius Paul, Rice and Cosby the past two seasons as well. I am so done with John Groce for being such a poor ineffective leader, recruiter and coach. He has been the worst coach at Illinois in decades. 

Enough is enough. I can not support this basketball program anymore until it is completely overhauled with brand new coaching and that has players that are genuinely responsible and proud to be Illini and show it by being great role models.

roadapples wrote on March 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

all these arrests...bet Groce could just pull his hair out...

 

Gordon wrote on March 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Please Mr. Whitman send them all packing including Coach!  Time for that new broom to sweep clean.

Rocco146 wrote on March 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

Champaign is "stuck in the '60s" and that area police are "known for racial profiling."

Steven Bardo

Benton Basketball wrote on March 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm
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What a stupid statement. What and hell would this case have anything to do with racial profiling.

Rocco146 wrote on March 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Yeah you're right.  It was a very stupid comment made by Bardo.  Just like Darius Paul's arrest had nothing to do racial profiling. 

JimOATSfan wrote on March 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

Wow - this is getting hilarious. Welcome to another episode of 'AS THE ILLINI WORLD TURNS'!

TAGLINE
'Is somebody trying real hard to get Coach Groce fired?'

LEADIN STORYLINES

Was Jaylon Tate covering up for best friend, high schol teammate and college roommate Kendrick Nunn?

Was it really Kendrick Nunn attacking both women all along?

Are both of these events made up by others to implicate 2 innocent college basketball student-athletes?

Who knows?

Stay tuned, for another exciting episode of, 'are they getting screwed, or are they guilty?'

MHO

You know, if there was a way to manipulate events unseen to our eyes to screw-up all things Illini - then I would guess it was a well-oiled machine. From the ncaa ruling & officiating down thru everyday life.

Or, perhaps some are just born with a magic spoon in their mouth and can do no wrong.

I admit to not knowing. Just saying ...

ArthurAndersen wrote on March 18, 2016 at 7:03 am

Keep your day job.

areader wrote on March 18, 2016 at 8:03 am

These players screw up--they're off the team! No exceptions!! They apparently think they can break the rules and do what they want--totally disgusting!

beekay wrote on March 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

Since I just watched the 30 for 30 episode on the Duke lacrosse team and the way the masses rushed to judgment, I'm going to be patient on this before immediately assuming that Nunn "beat her up."  But at the very least it appears that there was an aggressive argument taking place.  And in light of all this aggression that we are seeing, this thought confounds me --- WHY THE HECK CAN'T WE REBOUND BETTER!!!??

Lostinspace wrote on March 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

How about the Fighting Jailbirds?

Dan Bloeme wrote on March 18, 2016 at 11:03 am

There is no fight in them on the court but off the court they act like thugs and beat up on women.

Four arrests of Illinois basketball players since August is definitely not a coincidence. There has been no administrative or institutional control and the basketball coaches have no positive or effective influence on these players. These players do not represent their university well.

They will have their day in court but regardless the outcome, there have to be changes made.

 

 

Moonpie wrote on March 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

So, will the team's annual photo be reduced to mug shots?

Maybe time to change the name to Fightin Thugs. Though, Cowardly Thugs seems more accurate.

Not too soon to fire Coach Grimace.

yates wrote on March 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Is it bad players that bring on losing or is it losing that brings on bad players. Somebody better sort it out before there are no fans or players that even care.

Moonpie wrote on March 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

So, will the team's annual photo be reduced to mug shots?

Maybe time to change the name to Fightin Thugs. Though, Cowardly Thugs seems more accurate.

Not too soon to fire Coach Grimace.

Rocco146 wrote on March 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Yeah you're right.  It was a very stupid comment made by Bardo.  Just like Darius Paul's arrest had nothing to do racial profiling. 

Bystander wrote on March 19, 2016 at 6:03 am
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Racial profiling? How about don't do the crime and you won't attract police attention.

Marty wrote on March 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

Just because you are a good ball player does not mean you are a good person. Both should be a requirement for the U of I.

CharacterCounts wrote on March 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Of the last 10 football and basketball players who have been arrested, are any of them tattoo free?

If players have enough money to pay for tattoos they do not need the financial stipend given to them as part of their scholarship.  They seem to have an abundance of money.

Are tattoos a sign of lack of discipline and leadership by the coaching staff?

Are strange hair cuts a sign of lack of discipline and leadership by the coaching staff?

During the college basketball games, it is interesting to see the players without tattoos and without strange hair cuts seem to let their playing ability be displayed on the floor rather than trying to get attention with tattoos and strange hair cuts.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:03 am
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LOL

 

I hate to break it to you, but it's 2016, not 1956.