first_imgFormer Syracuse defensive end Amir Ealey pleaded not guilty to charges of rape linked to two incidents in July 2015, according to Syracuse.com.Ealey was arrested in March and charged with two counts of rape in the third degree for incidents that allegedly occurred in the Ernie Davis residence hall, according to the Syracuse Police Department. The victims of the incidents were acquaintances of Ealey’s, per SPD.The charges were upgraded on Sept. 23 to one count of first-degree rape and two counts of third-degree rape. New York state law considers first-degree rape as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by ‘forcible compulsion,’ through physical force or a threat. It is punishable up to 25 years in prison.According to Syracuse.com, his attorney, Chuck Keller, said there is no forensic or physical evidence in the case given the months-long gap between the time the incident allegedly occurred and when it was reported.Ealey is currently living in Pennsylvania and drove up to Syracuse for Tuesday’s court appearance with his mother, per Syracuse.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEaley, 19, played in seven games as a freshman in 2015. He was dismissed from SU’s football team on Feb. 4 after being suspended indefinitely in November in an unrelated incident. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more


first_imgAll five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.last_img read more