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Former Kansas State receiver Hunter Rison pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery Wednesday in Riley County District Court. He has since transferred to Fullerton College, a community college in Fullerton, California.

Hunter Rison won’t appear in court for another month and a half.

Rison, a Kansas State receiver, originally was scheduled to appear in Riley County District Court at 11 a.m. Wednesday. But a continuance was granted, and Rison’s new court date is slated for 9 a.m. June 19.

Rison was arrested by the Riley County Police Department at 1:56 p.m. April 19 in the 2200 block of College Avenue. He was charged with one count of domestic battery/knowing or reckless bodily harm to family/person in dating relationship. Rison is free after posting his $1,000 bond.

The alleged victim filed for a temporary protective order (TPO) against Rison, which he was issued the same day as his arrest. Court records show Rison has countered by filing a petition for protection from abuse as well as a protection from stalking against the alleged victim.

The day after Rison’s arrest, K-State head football coach Chris Klieman announced the wideout’s indefinite suspension from the team. Klieman cited the reason for the suspension as a “violation of team and departmental policy,” and did not mention the arrest.

“Our program will be one that is built on hard work and integrity and doing things the right way,” Klieman said in a release April 20. “We have extremely high expectations for our players on and off the field.”

K-State added that Klieman “will have no further comment on the matter at this time,” though he was asked for an update on Rison’s status during the Big 12 coaches teleconference April 23.

“Nothing to be added at this point,” Klieman said. “Obviously, it’s going through the process. We’re not going to comment any further until it goes through the courts. We’ll figure it out after that.”

Rison has commented publicly only once since the arrest: Following news of his indefinite suspension, he took to Twitter.

“This will be my only response. 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 tweeted April 20.

At the end of his tweet, he referenced a verse from the Bible, Proverbs 2:11. The scripture reads, “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”

Rison, a third-year sophomore, joined K-State as a transfer last year. He began his college career at Michigan State. In his only season with the Spartans in 2017, Rison played in 12 games, catching 18 passes for 223 yards. His signature performance at Michigan State came against Notre Dame, when he set career highs for receptions (four) and receiving yards (73).

After sitting out last season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Rison is expected to compete for a starting job this fall.

The son of former first-round NFL draft pick and five-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Rison, Klieman commended the younger Rison after the Wildcats’ final spring practice session at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on April 13.

“He has a world of ability, and I am excited to see, just like everybody else, when we reinstall all of this stuff when we get to August, how much retention everybody has so that they just play faster,” Klieman said. “It is sometimes difficult to tell how talented a young man is if they do not know what they are doing. Now they are starting to get the understanding of our schemes, offensively and defensively. They will continue to do that themselves with practices this spring and summer, but when we get into August and we reinstall it as coaches, I will look for really quantum leaps from a lot of guys.”

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