An 18-year-old nursing student obtained an order of protection against departing University of Tennessee men’s basketball player Yemi Makanjuola, who was released from his scholarship Saturday.
The UT student claimed Makanjuola held her down and attempted to have sex with her on Feb. 15. The woman was granted a temporary order of protection on Feb. 19, according to Knox County Fourth Circuit Court documents.
Makanjuola, 20, agreed to the final order of protection on April 4, which prohibits the sophomore center from making any contact with the student.
He is transferring after averaging 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.0 minutes over a 57-game, two-year career.
UT athletic department spokesperson Jimmy Stanton said on Monday that Makanjuola is enrolled at UT and the university was made aware of the incident at the time of the allegation.
“Yemi and I came to a mutual agreement that it would be in his best interest for him to get a fresh start with a new program,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said in a news release Saturday. “Yemi is leaving Tennessee on good terms. He’s respected by his teammates and coaches, we all appreciate the work he’s put in during his time here and I’m confident that he’ll be successful.”
According to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk, Knoxville Police responded to the initial incident before handing the case off to the University of Tennessee Police Department.
A follow-up case report from UTPD obtained by the News Sentinel on Monday states the complainant was informed on Feb. 20 that “based on the evidence at hand” the Knox County assistant district attorney general was “not going to pursue the matter further.”
No formal charges were ever filed against Makanjuola.
The final order of protection is a binding agreement between the two parties involved. It states that the court makes no finding of fact and there have been no hearings or testimony.
As a sophomore at UT, Makanjuola averaged 1.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 29 games. After appearing in the season’s first 28 games, the Lagos, Nigeria, native did not play in four of the Vols’ final five outings.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn