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Missouri Defensive Back Suspended

November 7, 1996

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri defensive back Shad Criss was suspended for the remainder of the season Thursday, two days after being arrested for harassing and assaulting a 20-year-old woman who had a protection order against him.

Criss was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor assault after being arrested around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The police report said he had grabbed and shoved the woman.

On Wednesday, coach Larry Smith had said Criss would play Saturday at No. 5 Nebraska.

``It was a boy-girl argument and someone got technical,″ Smith said after meeting with Criss on Tuesday morning.

On Thursday, Smith changed his mind after learning more about the altercation from the Boone County prosecutor’s office. He said Criss would be better able to resolve the situation without the responsibility of playing football.

``By no means am I trying to determine innocence or guilt by this suspension,″ Smith said. ``I do believe that in the best interest of the alleged victim, Shad, the university and the football team, we needed to take this disciplinary action.″

Two women, Shani Robinson and Valon Beasley, have orders of protection issued against Criss by a Boone County judge.

Criss, 20, is on two years unsupervised probation on a charge of misdemeanor trespassing in a situation involving Robinson.

Criss was released on $2,000 bond Tuesday morning. A court clerk said charges may not be filed until a bond hearing is set.

``I got caught in a bad situation, straight up,″ Criss said. ``It’s one of the things I have to learn from.″

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