Dakota Wesleyan Men’s Basketball Player Accused of Abuse
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball player is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and damaging her father's car.
Twenty-one-year-old Tyson Smiley, of Omaha, Nebraska, was arrested Sept. 13 and is to appear in court Oct. 18 on misdemeanor charges of domestic abuse and intentional damage to property.
The Daily Republic reports Smiley denied pushing his ex-girlfriend to the floor.
Smiley started 11 games last season. Dakota Wesleyan Athletic Director Jon Hart says the junior guard is still a member of the men's basketball team and is taking part in practice. He says the school won't make a decision on Smiley's future until the legal process and a school investigation is complete.
According to the Dakota Wesleyan student conduct manual, Smiley could be suspended or dismissed from the university if convicted.
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