Minnesota players facing year-long suspensions, expulsions from university
The Minnesota football players were suspended for their roles in a sexual assault case on Sept. 2 could have much bigger problems than missing a bowl game.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, five of the suspended players are now facing expulsion from the university. The players’ lawyer confirmed that development to the publication on Wednesday night.
On top of that, four other players are facing a one-year suspension from the university for their role in the alleged assault. The other player is facing probation.
Though charges were dropped and no arrests were made, there is still an ongoing investigation by the school’s office Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
According to the Star Tribune, EOAA called for the expulsions of Ray Buford, Carlton Djam, KiAnte Hardin, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson. With the exception of Djam, those were the four Minnesota players originally suspended following the Sept. 2 incident. They missed three games while the investigation took place.
The year-long suspensions were reportedly recommended by the EOAA for Seth Green, Kobe McCrary, Mark Williams and Antoine Winfield Jr.
All 10 players, represented by the same lawyer, will appeal the punishments.
Originally, a restraining order was filed against six of the players, which would’ve prevented all of them from playing in home games because the victim worked in game day operations at TCF Bank Stadium. The restraining order was lifted after the hearing ended in a settlement, but the players are still not allowed within 20 feet of the victim.
To read the entire account from the police report, see the Star Tribune story on the investigation.