CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday evening that defensive lineman Lere Oladipo has been dismissed from the Illinois football program for violation of team rules, according to a release.
“The DIA considers this issue closed and will have no further comment,” the release read.
Oladipo, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound redshirt sophomore from Huntley, had been suspended from Lovie Smith’s program since mid-September after playing in the first two games of the 2019 season.
UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler confirmed Tuesday evening that Oladipo is still a student at the UI.
The 22-year-old defensive tackle was also suspended last October after being arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor domestic battery against his girlfriend.
Those charges were dropped last December, and Oladipo was reinstated to the team in January before getting suspended again in September.
In late October, the UI student involved in the 2018 case posted a lengthy thread on Twitter alleging that the abuse continued on and off throughout the second semester. The posts included photos of bruises on her body.
She told The News-Gazette last month that she reported the conduct to the university’s Title IX office in July, prompting an investigation.
The woman said on Twitter that the university held a hearing last Thursday, but she wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, and she accused the university of protecting the player while disregarding her safety.
Oladipo, who committed to the Illini in August 2016, is the fifth player during Smith’s tenure at Illinois to be dismissed from the program. Zarrian Holcombe, Darta Lee and Howard Watkins were dismissed in May 2017 after their arrests for residential burglary, aggravated robbery and criminal trespass. Bennett Williams was dismissed from the team in October 2018 after an earlier suspension.