Ma’Lik Richmond, one of the two Steubenville High School students convicted of raping a West Virginia teen has served all the punishment the legal system threw at him–a single year in juvenile detention, of which he served ten months–and is back to doing what he loves–some FOOTBALL!
Coach Reno Saccoccia, who Mays said “took care of it and sh– ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court” in a text message, said that the teen he allegedly protected was not being given a second change–he earned one. “I feel that we’re really not giving him a second chance,” the coach said. “Some may look at it like that. I feel he has earned a second chance. We don’t deal in death sentences for juvenile activity and I just feel that he’s earned a second chance.”
“It was a horrible crime; it was a horrible crime,” Saccoccia continued. “Everything the judicial system of Ohio asked him to do, he completed.
The coach said that Richmond is “one of 55 players that are in good standing with their teammates and their coaches, who have the same opportunity as any other player.”
Not everyone is so enthusiastic about Richmond’s return to the field. Ohio High School Athletic Association Information Director Tim Streid said that “This particular situation is horrible. As it is, we are bound by the bylaws, and that means that the school can decide if the student athlete participates. The school has decided in this case to let the student athlete participate. ”
While Richmond may be joyfully re-entering the football field, his crime largely forgotten by his adoring public, his victim is forced to live every day with what he did to her. That Richmond is permitted to step foot on the field is a travesty, but it is unsurprising. After the verdict was announced, CNN mourned the impact a conviction could have on poor little Ma’Lik with barely any mention of his victim at all.
Trent Mays, the other teen convicted, is currently serving the rest of his two-year sentence in juvenile detention. He is scheduled to be released in January.