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OSU basketball player Darrell Williams pleads not guilty to rape charges, suspended from team

Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford released a statement Monday afternoon saying junior forward Darrell Williams will not travel or play with the Cowboys while he is facing charges for rape by instrumentation and sexual battery.
BY RYAN SHARP and JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writers Modified: February 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm •  Published: February 7, 2011

The second woman reported being sexually assaulted by several members of the OSU basketball team, but could only identify Williams and another man not on the team. According to the affidavit, the second woman also said Williams forced his hand into her pants and underwear.

Both women identified Williams in photo lineups.

“It goes without saying that we take the charges very seriously,” OSU basketball coach Travis Ford said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Darrell will not travel or play while the legal issues are addressed.”

Ford missed the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference Monday morning. Ferguson was on the call and said he did not know anything about the charges and that Ford was in a meeting.

Payne County assistant district attorney Tom Lee said in a news release that rape by instrumentation is a felony that can carry a sentence of one to 15 years in prison and that sexual battery is also a felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison.

The charges came just as Williams had been making his greatest impact as a Cowboy.

Williams, a transfer out of Chicago, was named the Big 12's newcomer of the week on Monday after leading the Cowboys to back-to-back wins over Missouri and Oklahoma. He has played in 23 games for OSU, averaging 7.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.

Two other people, who are not members of the OSU basketball team, are also facing charges stemming from the same incident.

22-year old Yayi Janneh was charged with two counts of sexual battery and 20-year old Zach Thomason, who lives at the residence, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Staff Writer Brandon Chatmon contributed to this story. has disabled the comments for this article.

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