Kansas State University

Court date for suspended K-State receiver Hunter Rison is postponed

Suspended Kansas State receiver Hunter Rison was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday following an arrest for domestic battery, but the hearing in that case has been postponed until June 19.

Riley County magistrate judge James Kepple agreed to push back the hearing after Rison and the alleged victim both obtained attorneys.

The original court date was scheduled after Rison was served with a temporary protection from abuse order, which was made by the victim. Case records show Rison’s attorney has since countered with a petition for protection for abuse and protection from stalking against the victim.

Those orders were later amended and listed as temporary orders.

No criminal charges have been filed against Rison, according to the Riley County court database.

Rison’s attorney said he had no comment when reached Wednesday morning. The victim’s attorney also declined comment.

Rison was arrested for suspicion of domestic battery; knowing or reckless bodily harm to family/person in a dating relationship on April 19.

K-State football coach Chris Klieman announced that Rison was suspended indefinitely from the team shortly after news of the arrest became public, saying he violated team and departmental policy.

“Our program will be one that is built on hard work and integrity and doing things the right way,” Klieman said in a statement. “We have extremely high expectations for our players on and off the field.”

Klieman didn’t have much to add when asked about Rison on last week during a Big 12 media teleconference.

“It’s going through the process and we’re not going to comment any further until it goes through the courts,” Klieman said, “and we’ll figure it out after that.”

Rison has issued his own statement on the matter.

“This will be my only response,” he wrote on Twitter a day after the arrest. “I will continue to be myself ... A man of God, as well as a great student-athlete at this university. I have done nothing wrong.”

Rison emerged as a potential starter for the Wildcats in spring practice, and looked like the team’s best receiver at its spring showcase last month.

He enrolled at K-State last year after originally starting his college football career at Michigan State, where he caught 19 passes for 224 yards as a freshman. He sat out last season with a redshirt, per NCAA transfer rules, and was on track to play his first game with the Wildcats in the fall.

Rison’s father, Andre, is a former NFL star who played for the Chiefs from 1997-99.

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