Baylor basketball player, LaceDarius Dunn, practices with team today
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
Baylor basketball star, LaceDarius Dunn, will practice for the Baylor Bears today and attend classes, despite Dunn still being suspended from games.
Dunn is facing aggravated assault charges after an incident with his girlfriend. Just last week, LaceDarius Dunn's future was in the hands of the Baylor University Judicial Affairs Disciplinary Committee. The committee examined reports of aggravated assault and concluded Dunn was not guilty of those charges.
This is all in response to police reports that say he punched his girlfriend in the face, breaking her jaw.
Students at Baylor have mixed feelings about their star player's situation. One student, Abigail Aguinaga, says, "Whatever really happened, he should be punished that way, but as long as he is on the court playing a few games, we're pretty happy."
James Cowthorn says, "I don't know the true story behind it. I heard that it could have been an accident, but I'm just glad he was able to come back and join the team, go back to class and get his education."
The arrest warrant affidavit says Edwards told police Dunn hit her, and police reports say her jaw was broken. After Dunn's arrest, Edwards said the ordeal was a misunderstanding, and her jaw was not broken.
One student says she worries the problem has been pushed under the rug. "Other future athletes or even students might think they can get away with something like this. Maybe the severity of the case was kind of diluted by how maybe it was handled," says one student.
Dunn's attorney says Dunn is looking forward to classes and graduating in the spring. In the meantime, Baylor Police have passed Dunn's case on to the McLennan County District Attorney's Office. Dunn and his attorney are now focusing on that process.