Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre ‘thrilled’ to rejoin Flyers for rest of season

Dyshawn Pierre Dayton.  (USATSI)
Dyshawn Pierre has rejoined his teammates in Dayton. (USATSI)

Dyshawn Pierre said he’s “thrilled” to be back with his “team and coaching staff” as he prepares to be on the bench with the Flyers for the first time this season Tuesday night.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through this most trying time,” Pierre said via a statement from his attorney, Peter Ginsberg. “My family and I are very disappointed but our hope is that the University of Dayton will handle these types of cases with greater care as a result of my fight. We are exploring all of our options, and we still have faith that this injustice will be corrected. … I do not plan to address this situation again until after the season. Thank you for your understanding.”

A source told CBS Sports it’s unclear whether Pierre will be in uniform against Miami-Ohio, but he’ll definitely be on the bench. Even if he’s in uniform, a source said, Pierre is unlikely to play. He’s only practiced twice after being away from the program for four months.

Pierre was suspended by the school earlier this year after a female student levied sexual assault allegations against him. The 6-foot-6 forward who averaged 12.7 points last season has forever denied any wrongdoing, and no criminal charges were filed. He is suing the school in federal court under the premise that he was unjustly punished.

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