One day after a felony arrest warrant was issued by the Omaha Police Department, Creighton Bluejays guard Maurice Watson Jr. is returning to Omaha to turn himself in.
The Omaha World-Herald reported this latest development in this story on Friday afternoon. An attorney for Watson Jr. spoke to the Omaha publication and went on to deny the allegations made towards him:
“We are adamantly denying these allegations,” said Mallory Hughes, who is defending Watson along with former Douglas County Attorney Stu Dornan and Tom Monaghan, former U.S. attorney for Nebraska. “They are false allegations.”
Another attorney for Watson, Stu Dornan, also noted that the attorneys will be “seeking a reasonable bail” so he can continue his rehabilitation process:
“Mr. Watson has obvious connections with this community,” Dornan said. “He’s also in the process of rehabbing his knee injury in Philadelphia after surgery there. We will be asking for a reasonable (bail) on this matter so that he can continue with his rehabilitation either here or in Philadelphia.”
Creighton University had suspended Watson from all athletic-related activities for “actions contrary to University policies and core values” on February 13 and made that suspension public on Wednesday.
UPDATE (2/24, 4:27 p.m. ET): Maurice Watson Jr.’s held a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Watson’s attorneys reiterated that the Creighton point guard was en route to Omaha and would turn himself in. Additionally, attorney Stu Dornan reiterated that the arrest warrant issued on Thursday came as a “surprise,” as he did in the above article by the OWH, and his attorneys stated, “A false sexual assault allegation like this could ruin his future.”
The following tweets from the press conference are courtesy of KMTV’s Megan Stewart:
Maurice Watson Jr.'s attorney says he is en route to turn himself in. @action3news pic.twitter.com/TUMvU5sSLP— Megan Stewart (@MstewartKMTV) February 24, 2017
"A false sexual assault allegation like this could ruin his future." -Watson attorneys @action3news pic.twitter.com/E9yKYx1Gos— Megan Stewart (@MstewartKMTV) February 24, 2017
Atty Stu Dornan says he believes Watson will be able to remain enrolled at Creighton Univ. and get his degree @action3news pic.twitter.com/xT8jH5Lu8e— Megan Stewart (@MstewartKMTV) February 24, 2017
Dornan says the arrest warrant issued yesterday came as a surprise. Said he had been in contact with OPD last week. @action3news— Megan Stewart (@MstewartKMTV) February 24, 2017