ISU's Knight pleads guilty to misdemeanors, reinstated to team

2013-11-07T12:27:00Z 2013-11-07T15:50:13Z ISU's Knight pleads guilty to misdemeanors, reinstated to teamBy Jim Benson and Edith Brady-Lunny | jbenson@pantagraph.com | eblunny@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois State junior guard Daishon Knight pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts for battery and resisting arrest Thursday as part of a plea deal that dismissed a felony aggravated battery charge during his Aug. 25 arrest in downtown Bloomington.

Knight also was ordered to complete 24 months conditional discharge and 100 hours community service.

Shortly afterwards, ISU basketball coach Dan Muller announced Knight has been fully reinstated and is allowed to play in games, beginning with Friday’s opener at Virginia Commonwealth. Knight was indefinitely suspended from games and didn’t play in last Sunday’s exhibition against Quincy.

“Daishon has done everything he has been asked to do within the program and on campus, and it is nice to have him back fully reinstated,” said Muller.

Knight was in McLean County Court with his attorney John Schwulst for the brief proceeding.

AssistantState’s Attorney Jessica Woods said the basis for the charges involved a fight in downtown Bloomington where a police officer saw Knight punch a woman in the face for no apparent reason. Knight then ran from the scene as a Bloomington officer was trying to place him in handcuffs, said the prosecutor.

Knight also must pay $145 in court fines and fee.

A transfer from Odessa (Texas) College who signed with ISU in the spring, the 6-foot-1 Knight is expected to make an immediate contribution with the Redbirds. He averaged 19.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season for Odessa and has two years of eligibility at ISU.

Along with additional internal discipline, Knight was initially prohibited from participating in all team activities with the Redbirds. He was later allowed to practice and participate in team events with the exception of games. 

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(11) Comments

  1. BloNo2012
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    BloNo2012 - November 07, 2013 10:07 pm
    certain types of people like to hit women if you catch my drift.
  2. lamo
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    lamo - November 07, 2013 8:58 pm
    There is never a reason to punch a women unless you believe that your life is at risk by not defending yourself. I'm sure that was not the case or there would be information about the woman's role - she would be in trouble with the law.
  3. otis1949
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    otis1949 - November 07, 2013 7:09 pm
    She wouldn't listen
  4. NashvilleBird
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    NashvilleBird - November 07, 2013 5:55 pm
    Just Win Baby
  5. insight
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    insight - November 07, 2013 5:43 pm
    I don't really think it EVER matters what made him punch the lady. Are you kidding me? He punched a woman. I'm sure he has had nothing but slaps on the wrist his whole life because he can play ball. And you wonder why athletes get themselves in to trouble? They never face any real consequences. It's a sad shame.
  6. DaCards88
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    DaCards88 - November 07, 2013 5:17 pm
    You guys need to use some common sense. Who goes around punching random people? There is something else to the story that made him punch the lady.
  7. birdfan98
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    birdfan98 - November 07, 2013 4:50 pm
    good move dan....we dont know the facts.
  8. danmullerisajoke
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    danmullerisajoke - November 07, 2013 2:37 pm
    Dan Muller is a sad excuse for a coach.
  9. danmullerisajoke
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    danmullerisajoke - November 07, 2013 2:35 pm
    Daishon Knight pleads GUILTY to punching someone in the face for no reason and Dan Muller is okay with that? Yet, he kicked another player off the team for driving with a suspend licences? If you're going to have rules make those rules count for everyone, not just the people you didn't recruit. Dan Muller, you should be ashamed of yourself. I pity the players that have to call you "coach". You're not a coach, you're a joke!
  10. pseudo-intellectual
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    pseudo-intellectual - November 07, 2013 2:25 pm
    Interesting juxtaposition- Knight pleads GUILTY to punching a woman AND resisting a polic officer... and is rewarded with re-instatement.

    The ISU program and the community deserves better.
  11. Usaf1
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    Usaf1 - November 07, 2013 1:25 pm
    Time to hit the road Daishon.
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