Kansas State wide receiver Hunter Rison is indefinitely suspended following his arrest Friday afternoon on a domestic battery charge.
The Riley County Police Department arrested Rison at 1:56 p.m. 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.
First-year K-State head football coach Chris Klieman announced Rison’s suspension Saturday morning.
Klieman didn’t mention the arrest, instead citing the suspension as a “violation of 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 release. “We have extremely high expectations for our players on and off the field.”
K-State said Klieman “will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”
Rison took to Twitter Saturday afternoon, offering what he said would be his lone statement on the situation.
“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 transferred to K-State last year after beginning 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 career-best outing came against Notre Dame, when he recorded four receptions for 73 yards.
After sitting out last season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, praise for Rison has been plentiful this spring.
Following the conclusion of spring practice on April 13, Klieman said Rison only continued to get better each and every time he hit the field.
“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 of Rison, a third-year sophomore. “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.”
Rison, the son of former first-round NFL draft pick and five-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Rison, is expected to fight for a spot in the starting lineup this fall. But he said last month that despite the high expectations others have for him, he didn’t “want to get ahead of myself” or offer any predictions about the coming season.
“But I am really confident in this team and what we are doing,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence and the energy is great. I am just excited to see what comes.”