An attorney defending a suspended Cleveland State University player against a rape charge has threatened to sue over disclosure that his client was convicted of murder in California in 1981 when he was 14.

“It’s a violation of my client’s right to privacy and, as far as I know, a violation of California law,” said James E. Caywood, who is representing Roy Williams on charges that he raped a student Nov. 3 on the Cleveland State campus.

Caywood said that by law, Williams has no adult criminal record.