Former Mizzou RB Derrick Washington is a convicted sex offender but is getting a look from the Chiefs
By JEFFREY FLANAGAN FS Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a former tutor in 2011 and is a registered sexual offender, will be given a workout with the
Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
Washington's agent, Matt Marino of EBSA Sports, confirmed to FOXSportsKansasCity.com on Tuesday that Washington will be part of the Chiefs' "local prospects day" workouts, which do not count against the team's 30 allotted visits with college prospects.
The Chiefs declined to comment on Tuesday and indicated that they do not confirm any visiting prospects.
Washington, a prep star at Raymore-Peculiar High, rushed for over 2,000 yards with Missouri before being charged with felony sexual assault in 2010. He was then dismissed from the team.
Washington was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison. He served 120 days in prison in Missouri before being granted parole.
While serving his prison sentence, Washington also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for a separate incident in which he assaulted a former girlfriend.
After his prison sentence, Washington, 24, transferred to Tuskegee University, a Division II school in Alabama, where he had to register as a sexual offender. He also is a registered sexual offender in Missouri.
At Tuskegee, Washington, 6 feet, 215 pounds, dominated in his final year of eligibility. He rushed for 1,679 yards and 14 touchdowns and averaged 7.8 yards per carry. He also had 20 receptions for 305 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown.
Washington was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, the Division II equivalent to the Heisman, and played in the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic in Montgomery, Ala., in January.
"We've actually received several calls from NFL teams," Marino said. "The Patriots were in Tuskegee to work him out, and several scouts, including Chiefs' scouts, talked to him at the Raycom game.
"There's definitely interest in him."
Marino said teams are understandably concerned about Washington's past.
"But Derrick has been very forthcoming about what has happened," Marino said. "He has always maintained his innocence. He has been willing to talk about everything about his past with teams who are interested."
Tuskegee football coach Willie Slater told USA Today in an interview in 2012 that he felt comfortable enough, after interviewing Washington at length, to offer him a scholarship.
"He's a good kid who just messed up," Slater said. "…he's been a model kid (here). I don't bring bad kids into any program. My reputation as a coach goes well past this place and no one has ever questioned the kids I bring in.
"Derrick's a good kid. He spent 120 days in prison. That changes a person."
According to a report in the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune about Washington's trial, his former tutor, a 24-year-old University of Missouri graduate at the time, told the jury she was asleep June 19, 2010, in her apartment after a night of drinking when she was awoken by a man sexually touching her in her bed.
The newspaper also reported that she said Washington shared a "friends with benefits" relationship with her roommate and was known to visit the apartment during the early morning.
The circuit judge in the case recommended Washington serve 120 days in the general prison population for felony deviate sexual assault, and then, if the sentence was carried out to the judge's satisfaction, placed on probation for the remainder of the five-year sentence.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been known to provide second chances – when Reid was with the Eagles, he approved the 2009 signing of Michael Vick, who was convicted on federal dogfighting charges in 2007 and served 19 months in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan.