Former K-State WR Hunter Rison pleads guilty to battery

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(WIBW) - Former Kansas State wide receiver Hunter Rison pleaded guilty to one count of battery, the Riley County Attorney's Office told 13 News on Wednesday.

He is sentenced to 30 days in jail with immediate probation that is eligible to expire in December if Rison meets all conditions. The former Wildcat had to admit guilt and can't deny responsibility for his actions. He also can't contact the victim or her family or follow them on social media.

According to the Riley County Attorney's Office, the victim and her family agreed with the sentencing decision.

Rison, according to the Manhattan Mercury's reporting of remarks from Riley County Deputy Attorney Barry Disney in court, went to the victim's apartment on or about April 15 to 16 and struck her with an open hand. Rison reportedly did not object to the statement.

The Mercury's Ryan Black reports Rison apologized to the victim, her family and others. Rison called his prior relationship "toxic" and added, "But it doesn't excuse what I did," according to Black.

Rison was originally arrested on one count of domestic battery for "knowing of or causing reckless bodily harm to family/person in a dating relationship," according to the Riley County Police Department. Following the arrest, Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman suspended the wide receiver indefinitely.

“Our program will be one that is built on hard work and integrity and doing things the right way,” Klieman said in a statement then. “We have extremely high expectations for our players on and off the field.”

Rison transferred to K-State from Michigan State, with expectations to be a key contributor in 2019 after sitting out 2018 due to transfer rules. He entered the transfer portal on June 18 and tweeted on June 30 that he'd be going to Fullerton Community College in Fullerton, California.

In 2017 with Michigan State, Rison reeled in 19 receptions for 224 yards in 12 games. He was a top-40 recruit for his class coming out of high school.

The receiver is also the son of Andre Rison, who played 12 seasons in the NFL. His father was a Pro Bowler for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.