RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Charges of assault and battery against Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) basketball player Mo Alie-Cox have been officially dismissed, 8News confirmed via online court documents.
Surveillance video that essentially exonerated Alie-Cox shows him as a bystander of the altercation he was accused of being a part of. The woman behind the accusations gave Alie-Cox an apology letter, which his attorney released to 8News on Tuesday.
VCU released a statement last Thursday announcing that the charges had been dropped.
“We have been informed by the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office they have determined that Mo had no involvement in the alleged assault and that the charges against him will be withdrawn,” reads a statement from VCU’s Director of Athletics/Associate Vice President Ed McLaughlin. “These actions confirm our knowledge and experience of Mo as an upstanding young man of the highest character who has represented our men’s basketball program and our university with exemplary leadership academically, socially and athletically.”
“We look forward to watching him continue to represent VCU for the next two years as a member of our program.”
According to the criminal complaint filed by the alleged victim, the incident occurred on April 3 near a Shockoe Bottom nightclub.
“I was walking by a group of guys with a girl and the girl told me not to look in the direction,” the complaint reads. “I said I could look wherever I please and she responded with a comment I did not hear and got in her face and said ‘what?’”
The alleged incident escalated when the woman says she made a comment about Shaka Smart.
“It’s not my fault Shaka Smart left is that why you’re mad?” the complaint reads.
The woman says things got physical when, “the girl shoved me and I grabbed her accidentally grabbing hair and Mo Alie-Cox punched me in the face.”
VCU’s first-year coach Will Wade released the following statement:
“We are pleased that Mo can now put this allegation behind him. After speaking with Mo and gathering all of the facts on this situation, we believed and hoped that his name would be cleared. From the time we began recruiting Mo four years ago, he has always carried himself the right way with terrific grace and humility. We are proud to have Mo as a member of the VCU family and basketball team.”
“We look forward to continuing to build on his outstanding career as a Ram these next two seasons.”
Mo Alie-Cox is a 6-foot-5 rising junior forward from Lorton, Virginia. He averaged 7.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks as a redshirt sophomore last season.
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