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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.

The first court date for Hunter Rison is scheduled.

Rison, a Kansas State wide receiver, will appear in Riley County District Court at 11 a.m. on May 1.

Rison was arrested by the Riley County Police Department at 1:56 p.m. Friday 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 on $1,000 bond.

The alleged victim filed for a temporary protective order (TPO) against Rison, which he was issued Friday.

Following the arrest, K-State head football coach Chris Klieman announced Rison’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 Saturday morning. “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.”

In his only public comments since his arrest, Rison took to Twitter Saturday afternoon.

“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.

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 joined K-State last year after starting his college career at Michigan State. In his lone 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.

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

“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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