Hendershot back with Hoosiers fully following plea agreement

Indiana tight end Peyton Hendershot has been cleared to rejoin the program and is fully with the team, IU coach Tom Allen said during a Zoom press conference Tuesday.

In early June, Hendershot reached a plea agreement with the county prosecutor’s office, pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass stemming from a February incident with an ex-girlfriend. Misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, criminal conversion and criminal mischief were dismissed.

Hendershot was sentenced to a year probation, along with the requirement that he receive a mental health evaluation and participate in a batterers treatment program.

In April, Allen said Hendershot was back with the program in a “modified way.” IU’s football program has since returned to campus for voluntary workouts.

“He has completed his team-sanctioned discipline,” Allen said. “He has completed the conduct process that we went through for the student conduct as a student athlete of Indiana University. He completed that. He’s closed his matter with the judicial system. We have a campus committee that determines when a student athlete is reinstated to their team and to be able to be cleared and that is the case. He’s been completely cleared and he is back with the team now fully as he completed all the things that he was asked to do.”

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end was coming off of a breakout 2019 campaign where he set the program’s yardage and receptions records for a tight end, hauling in 52 passes for 622 yards and four touchdowns. He was a third-team All-Big Ten selection.

36 comments

  1. So colleges are against domestic abuse unless the abuser makes money for the University? Who thinks this kid gets the same deal if he’s not a 3rd team All Big Ten football player? How about holding the players to a higher standard? Allan pushes family. Anyone going to let their son beat up his girlfriend without ANY consequences? I thought he’d get off light with a 3 game suspension. But I guess with no non-conference to pad the schedule, there’s no more leeway to do the right thing.

  2. Humph. Why don’t we just kill him and then will him back to life so he can play for the Hoosiers. That certainly would make justice perfect.

  3. I find the hypocrisy of those who claim to be for “justice” rather pungent, and not in good way. These champions of justice say that’s what they want, but apparently only when it fits their narrative.

  4. Wow…just…wow.

    Very, very risky decision. One fact concerning violence is that it tends to repeat itself. A repeat by this accused perpetrator (And why does he need counseling in a “batterers treatment program” if the charges were dropped?) or by someone else on the team could be construed as damning to Allen’s reputation.
    Sure seems far more serious than whatever Wilson did to verbally berate a couple players.
    Question: Did Fred Glass have to sign off on this decision (before his riding into the sunset with the ‘Me Too Rich Movement’) or did this fall under the oversight of the new AD?

    Last thought regarding profit motive/success of team. If there is a remote chance football proceeds, there will likely be no fans in the stands. The losses of ticket sales revenue and subsequent profits because we’ve alienated women from our football program would go unnoticed on the balance sheets and books.

    1. You raise some interesting questions H4H,

      I’ll add this one to yours, “TA referred to a university committee, who is on it and is it at an arm’s length from the FB team and Athletic Department?”

      Worst part about the whole deal is we will probably never know the actual truth of the matter, only conjecture and speculation which doesn’t do anything to clear up questions in anyone’s mind.

      1. We won’t know the details nor why the harshest of charges weren’t pursued…True. But we do know he’s been given a “requirement that he receive a mental health evaluation and participate in a batterers treatment program.”
        That does give the perception of a certain amount of truth to the charges. It also seems to warrant some sort of punishment/suspension via such admission he needs help. I don’t see the lesson learning here. Sounds like LEO with ZERO accountability.

        1. I don’t know H4H,

          The not knowing the full details is the most frustrating part of the whole deal. Why would they have him doing the treatment programs? If everything is as advertised, the only possible answer I can imagine is maybe as a precaution? Sheer speculation here, but maybe it wasn’t what he did in this as much as it was the poor decision making that put him into a situation where it could have occurred. Not trying to be an apologist for PH, just trying to make sense out of how this case was handled.

          I think what underlies all these questions is that we have become so conditioned to not trust any decisions made by anyone in a position of authority, anywhere, to the point that even when the issue is as advertised, we wonder if it is the truth.

          1. Counseling in a “batterers program” for not battering? Next time a drunk goes to AA it will be for not ever drinking?

            I don’t know man….Playing with fire. And if football is cancelled, what does that do to the free time of an offender? Does that add to the potential for build up of more anger and hostility?

  5. While admitting that I do not have all the facts about this case and confess that violence against women is a huge issue with me, I’m very disappointed by the way this case has been handled. The criminal justice system is one thing, but from the Universisty’s perspective, this sends the wrong message. Hendershot is getting off without suffering any significant consequences. Counseling, anger management classes, a mental health evaluation; what a joke! This smells very bad and at the very least, it’s completely tone deaf. It opens IU and the Athletic Department up to all sorts of criticism. I don’t know what, if anything, TA had to do with this process or the decisions about Hendershot’s “punishment” from the University, and I hope the answer is nothing. If TA took an active role in letting this slide, I’ve lost respect for him.

    I’m embarrassed for my alma mater and can only pray that there are no other incidents involving male athletes at IU committing an act of violence against women.

    1. PO, the girl told a reporter and said she posted on social media Hendershot never hurt her physically. That is the reason for what the punishment is like it is. Too many people jumped on the police write up instead of waiting to see what the evidence really was. I didn’t like the early reports of what he was supposed to have done until the woman came out and said what she said about him. The prosecutor looked at the real evidence and came up with the plea agreement and the girl signed off on it.

      Po you, 123, H4H, and a few others need to trust the system instead of early reports to know what really happened. I was as upset as anyone about what the initial report said and didn’t think he should come back to the team. As more info came out I had to change my attitude about Hendershot coming back based on what he really did according to the girl.

      1. The girl recanted, which pretty much got him off the hook. It’s not at all uncommon in domestic abuse situations with women who have been victims of violence. And if he did nothing, V13, he wouldn’t have been subjected to counseling, a condition of his guilty plea agreement.

        Allen had full authority to impose whatever punishment he chose, and he didn’t want to include any game suspension. I’ll let my raised eyebrow and none-too-subtle smirk do the rest. But the moral high ground appears to be unoccupied, yet again. Disappointing.

  6. Wasn’t there a Running Back kicked out of IU a year or so agoafter being accused of sexual assault? If I remember correctly, that IU FB player, who just happens to be African American, was never arrested or charged with any crime, and he maintained that the sex was consensual and that he was completely innocent. Yet he was essentially found guilty and kicked out of IU without any due process. Now, we have an IU FB player, who just happens to be white, who was arrested, charged with several crimes, plead guilty to committing one of those crimes, and will suffer no significant consequences. Talk about creating terrible optics and setting itself up to all sorts of nasty accusations and attacks, I don’t see how anyone can conclude that IU’s Administration handled this situation well.

    1. Po,
      I think you need to stick with your first impression, admitting that you do not have all the facts about this case, and in fact, neither case. None of us know, as goes the old cliche, if we are comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges. Apparently neither case is subject to full public disclosure and we probably will never know the full facts. None of the parties involved in either case has came crying “foul” to this point, so we are stuck once again with conjecture and speculation. Worst part about it is, we don’t know if our conjecture and speculation are hurting the innocent, the victim, or protecting the guilty. I would say to trust the system, but if the last 25 years have taught us anything, it is that we can’t trust the system no matter who is in charge.

    2. Po, the girl in the first case stuck with her accusation while the girl in Hendershot’s case said no violence against her ever happened easy to see the differences no matter how it looks.

  7. How do you define “violence?” Did she have a deep bruise on her neck to prove he grabbed her by the throat as he shoved her against a wall? Is there fear of a return visit if she prosecutes? And if there is no hard physical evidence or eye witness, could she win that case anyway? How many times did it take Nicole Brown Simpson to protect her from O.J.?

    Did Neil Reed have a deep bruise on his throat? Was that violence? Was it intimidation? Was it an assault? Did Neil Reed file charges? Did it happen?

  8. Also, most work places have zero tolerance for intimidation. There are no second chances. If there is evidence of intimidation or threats, he should be punished/suspended. A trespass seems pretty intimidating.
    Would you consider the trespass of your own premises as a threat or intimidation?

    1. This kind of incident and the resultant punishment are what I find distasteful when they occur in other programs. Not the end of the world and he’s not a bad kid, but the way this was handled shouldn’t be cause for celebration.

  9. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

    Oh, so we’re not supposed to have opinions on how IU handled this case because we don’t have 100% clarity on all the facts? Well, there are enough facts to suggest this was a mistake and that the University has exposed itself to serious criticism and some really nasty accusations that could damage its reputation. FACT: Hendershot was arrested by police because they obtained evidence that he committed several crimes, one of which involved violence against a female. FACT: The District Attorney reviewed the evidence and concluded that charging Hendershot with several crimes was warranted. FACT: Hendershot pleads guilty to committing one of the crimes he was charged with. FACT: The judge in the case accepted the plea-bargain and sentenced Hendershot to probation. FACT: IU elected not to impose any significant punishment on Hendershot even though he plead guilty to committing a crime.

    The resolution of this case makes me wonder if Hendershot would still be enrolled at IU if he was not a productive member of IU’s FB team? IU’s Administrators better hope that Hendershot remains a model student and citizen until he leaves campus. And finally, I wonder how aggressive the local news media will be in asking questions about how IU handled this case?

  10. Po!!!

    The DA charging the accused does not equal guilt regardless the purported evidence. If that were so, there would be a whole lot more people in prison unjustly than there already are. Maybe what PH plead guilty to was the only crime he committed. Would you imprison or throw anyone out of school who could have ever been charged with trespassing? Yes, that was a loaded question.

    I’m not giving PH a pass, he exercised extremely poor judgement, but without anything other than what we have been told . . .

  11. Here’s the cooldown. The Judge and Prosecutor needed to consult several posters from this blog to get their guidance.

  12. The more money talks, the more evidence is silenced. Pretty simple equation as to the disproportion number of African Americans imprisoned. They can’t buy a DA.

    The John Cougar boys, along with the presence of their friend, the ex-baseball coach’s son, pounded the living daylights out of a young man on his own front porch. The case was thoroughly dragged out and was swept under the rug for somewhere in the neighborhood of two years until ….what? Does anyone even remember the resolution?
    Money talks, evidence silenced. Plea…plea…money…money….plea…plea…money….money. Get of out jail free pass.

  13. tia, I did not write, nor do I believe Hendershot should go to prison for the crimes he was accused of committing. But I believe he should be suspended for several FB games, if not the entire season. And you seem to ignore the fact that Hendershot pleaded guilty to committing one of the four crimes he was charged with. He plead guilty to committing a crime and is not even going to be suspended for one FB game! And if he did not get violent with a female, why is he required to “participate in a batterers treatment program?”

    IU’s Administration missed an opportunity to send a message and help reduce violence against women. And in so doing, they have set themselves up for a public relations nightmare should Hendershot commits another crime or if another make athlete commits violence against a female.

    I’ll give TA the benefit of the doubt about his role in deciding Hendershot’s punishment. Based on the statement, “We have a campus committee that determines when a student athlete is reinstated to their team and to be able to be cleared and that is the case.” Sounds to me as if the administration took the decision out of TA’s hands. TA should be very grateful for that.

    1. Indiana has a “committee” for everything.

      It’s the definition of no one in particular being held accountable.

      We should start calling plays by committee….?

      This bathroom is filthy! Who cleaned this bathroom? Uhhh, we’re really not sure. Bathroom cleaning was handled by the ‘Hoosier Plunger and Custodian Search Committee’.

  14. One last thought. I would really like to see Hendershot make a sincere public apology (in front of news cameras). He should apologize to his team, to his family and friends, and most of all to all the female students enrolled at IUB. In doing so, he should acknowledge that violence against women is a very serious issue and is completely unacceptable. If he’s a man of character, he’ll do that.

    1. Not any sort of expert in legal matters, but it would seem an ‘on camera’ apology could be construed as an admission of guilt. Thus, the apology could nullify a plea agreement and, potentially, leave him susceptible to new charges…? davis?

      1. Highly unlikely. The prosecutors know the facts of the case, and the plea is reflective of that. Any apology would be unlikely to expose him to further prosecution. Heck, they didn’t think they could get a conviction on the initial charges since the main witness “clarified” what occurred.

  15. I wonder how many times Nicole Brown Simpson “clarified” and pulled back on initial claims that went into police reports?
    Legality aside, seems like a lot of clarifying going. Were things in such disarray at the scene that the police couldn’t acquire/construct an accurate report? What would motivate her to lie when tensions were so high?
    And if guilt of any serious crime has been expunged, what does the added clarity of an apology offer to someone not a victim of a crime which didn’t happen?
    “It will never happen again…I’m sorry.” My guess is if you had a recording of every instance a violent returning abuser had spoken such remorse to a victim experiencing terror, intimidation and helplessness in being overpowered by an assailant, we may have additional clarity with regard to the vicious circles and dysfunctional dynamics of domestic abuse.

    There is no real clarity in many cases. There are modified statements based on previous intimidation and the fear that comes with the prospect of future terrorizing and harm. “Will the system protect me?”
    An apology from the lips of an assailant is an empty promise most often already heard dozens of times. It becomes a repetitive crutch used by a repeat offender opening the door for more trespasses against someone’s right to feel safe and be safe.

    If anything he’s been accused of is remotely true (regardless of plea deals), it’s more than likely the victim has heard “I’m sorry” more times than this particular Hoosier tight end will catch passes in his college football career.

    I would encourage this highly confused young woman who is searching for clarity to do whatever she needs to do to ensure her safety.

  16. It’s all moot now. He’s not going to miss any game time, which is an interesting message to send.

  17. So HC, since your response to my recent statement was “BS,” does that mean you think the case against Hendershot was false, that he was innocent and therefore has nothing to apologize for? Perhaps you think the story was just overblown, much ado about nothing? A private matter between ex lovers? I certainly hope you’re not suggesting that a 6’4″ , 250 lbs. male athlete putting his hands on a female in anger is no big deal! As I learned first hand, such behavior should always be considered a big deal.

    My older sister was a victim of serious domestic violence many years ago. It began as occasional verbal abuse from her husband years after they were married. Then it escalated into “minor” or “light” physical abuse (a grab, a hard squeeze, a light shove, a finger-flick to her head, etc.) and was always followed by sincere, emotional apologies and pleas for forgiveness. But over time, the verbal and physical abuse escalated, until one day, seemingly out of nowhere, it exploded into a full on punch to my sister’s face, thrown by a man who stood 6’4″ and weighed 230 lbs. The result was a broken nose, loosened teeth, a concussion and a 24-hour stay in a hospital. But that was just the physical damage. My brother-in-law was arrested and spent a few weeks in jail (which saved his and my father’s life). He was released under a restraining order and eventually plead the case and received years of probation with court-mandated counseling. After years of behaving like a reformed man, model citizen, husband and father, my sister, against the impassioned pleas from her family and all her friends, allowed this man to return into her life and home. A few years after that, seemingly out of nowhere, it happened again. But this time the violence was much worse, resulting in trauma surgery, a seven-day stay in Intensive Care and weeks spent in a Rehabilitation Hospital. To escape punishment, the coward fled to Canada where he hid out in his uncle’s cabin in the woods for about six months. He eventually returned, was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to more than a few years in prison.

    Believe it or not, that was the short version of the story. In hind site, the worst fallout from those incidents of domestic violence was the psychological and emotional damage done to my niece and nephew. IMO, domestic abuse and violence against women is a serious problem in our society, and it must never be ignored or diminished. Let’s all hope that Peyton Hendershot is truly a changed man as a result of this experience.

  18. The other side of the pancake…after watching an episode of Gunsmoke today…yes, women can be pretty wicked sometimes. (It has also been demonstrated on a few episodes of Dateline)

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