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02-24-2017, 05:56 AM

Philly Native, Creighton Basketball Star Maurice Watson Jr. Suspect in Sexual Assault: Police
Creighton suspends injured basketball star amid investigation
By Eric Olson

Maurice Watson Jr. of the Creighton Bluejays receives and ovation before their game against the Marquette Golden Eagles at CenturyLink Center on January 21, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Creighton basketball player and Philadelphia native Maurice Watson Jr. is a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in Omaha, police said Thursday.

According to an incident report, a 19-year-old woman said Watson had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with her in the bathroom of a midtown residence about 3 a.m. on Feb. 4. Officer Michael Pecha said no arrest has been made :mad: and that an investigation continues.

No. 23 Creighton on Wednesday announced that Watson has been suspended from all athletic-related activities since Feb. 13. The senior sustained a season-ending knee injury last month and had surgery in his hometown of Philadelphia -- where he attended Boys' Latin High School -- on Feb. 6. Watson has not responded to requests for comment.

Watson became a fan favorite after he transferred from Boston University following his sophomore season. He won't be allowed to participate in the team's senior day activities on Feb. 28.

"Given the tremendous support for Creighton men's basketball by its fans, university officials feel it is necessary to share the reason behind Watson's absence from the upcoming event," the school said in a statement. "Creighton's athletics program is based upon the Catholic, Jesuit mission of the university. Program officials, coaches, and staff always strive to administer the program according to the university's highest values and standards."

Watson was named to the preseason All-Big East first team. He was a candidate for the Wooden Award as college basketball's top player until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Jan. 16. At the time, the Bluejays were 18-1, and Watson ranked first in the nation with 8.5 assists per game. Creighton is 4-5 since Watson got hurt.
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