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Watch: Terrence Shannon Emotions Run High After Kansas Court Verdict

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Last month, former Texas Tech guard Terrence Shannon Jr. had a legal case go to trial after the Douglass County courts found that probable cause exists.

Shannon appeared in a preliminary hearing on the morning of Friday, May 10, where Judge Sally Pokorny determined that there were enough grounds for the case to move on to trial.

At the time, Shannon’s lawyer, Mark Sutter, spoke on the decision for the case to go to trial saying, “Our legal team is neither shocked nor disappointed by the outcome of this event. A preliminary hearing is a procedural process that merely speaks to the threshold of evidence and whether a question of fact may exist for a jury. It has nothing to do with guilt or innocence. Those issues will be decided at trial, and we continue to look forward to our day in court.”


This was a serious allegation for the basketball star, as he faced charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery based on allegations made by an 18-year-old woman at a bar in Lawrence back in September.

Fast forward a month, and we have a verdict on the case. On Thursday, a jury found Shannon not guilty after he took the stand and denied that any of the allegations against him were true.

“I never touched, grabbed, pulled over. … That did not happen,” Shannon told the jury, according to published reports.

Naturally, when the juror read the verdict, emotions ran high for Shannon and his family.

Now, free of any charges or allegations, Shannon can move on to chase the dream of playing in the NBA, which is almost a guarantee based on his projected first-round status in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Shannon led the Fighting Illini in scoring, and was second in the Big Ten and third in the nation with 23.0 points per game in 2023-24. He earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors and was a second-team All-American selection by 247Sports and CBS Sports, while a third-team selection by the Associated Press.

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