Illinois defensive lineman Lere Oladipo, a redshirt freshman from Huntley, has been suspended indefinitely from the Illini football team, coach Lovie Smith announced Monday at his weekly news conference.
Oladipo, 20, a 2017 Huntley graduate, was arrested early Sunday in Champaign by University of Illinois police and booked on preliminary charges of domestic battery.
According to Craig Choate of WCIA-3 in Champaign, Oladipo pleaded not guilty to three counts of domestic battery in court Monday afternoon. Choate reported that Oladipo is accused of pushing a female and causing a bleeding abrasion on the lip, and that Oladipo could face probation, a fine of up to $2,500 or jail time.
“Of course, that’s a serious offense to be charged with,” Smith said Monday. “As our university policy, he’s been suspended indefinitely from our program. The university, of course, will go through an investigation with it. Our football team will move forward with that. There’s not a whole lot more I can tell you about that situation, except he’s suspended from our football team.”
Smith said he did have a conversation with Oladipo and that the Illini football program will let the situation play out in court before taking any further action.
“It’s out about the charge, that’s all we know: What he’s been charged with. No more,” Smith said. “I believe in letting things play out, let an investigation occur and letting the truth come out. That’s where we are right now."
Oladipo has played in four games for the Illini this season. While at Huntley, he was selected to the Northwest Herald All-Area second team on the defensive line in 2015 and 2016. He was member of the Red Raiders’ 2016 team that advanced to the IHSA Class 8A playoff quarterfinals.
Oladipo committed to Illinois just before his senior season in 2016.