Report: Charges won't be pressed against Gophers in sexual assault case
The four Minnesota football players that were being investigated for an alleged sexual assault will not be charged, according to the Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen.
I can confirm that Hennepin County announced it will not press charges against the four #Gophers suspended for a violation of team rules.
— JoeChristensen (@JoeCStrib) October 3, 2016
The incident that was under investigation involved a 22-year-old woman, who was allegedly assaulted on the morning of Sept. 2 hours after Minnesota beat Oregon State in the season opener.
The four players that were reportedly being investigated by police — their roles as witnesses or suspects weren’t known — were cornerbacks KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford, safety Dior Johnson and defensive end Tamarion Johnson.
They were all suspended for the first part of the season with the investigation pending. It remains to be seen if they’ll remain suspended or face any additional punishment from the team.
The Gophers will host Iowa at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.