Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Creighton's Mo Watson, Jr. turns himself into police for sexual assault charge

Creighton point guard Maurice Watson Jr. turned himself in to police in Omaha on Sunday. The university had suspended him back on February 13 for "alleged actions that are contrary to University policies and core values" and made that suspension public last Wednesday.

Watson was recently in Philadelphia to rehab a knee injury but his attorney said that the player was on the way to Omaha.

Watson's attorney, Mallory Hughes, said his client "was never dodging the police" and was unaware of the warrant until Thursday night when he found out through the media, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Creighton announced on February 13 Watson was suspended from the team and not allowed to participate in senior night after a 19-year-old acquaintance claimed Watson sexually assaulted her in a bathroom at an Omaha residence February 4. "As the process continues, we are extending care and concern for all involved".

His attorneys responded with their own frustration, saying Watson was within minutes of turning himself in.

Watson is a senior who transferred from Boston University prior to his sophomore season.

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 ACL in his left knee January 16.

Watson was leading the nation with 8.5 assists per game before his injury.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN's Andy Katz was included in this report.

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