Rulings Handed Down In Gopher Football Investigation
Ten Gopher football players investigated for sexual misconduct learned their fate today. Four players were expelled, one was suspended for a year, one person had a reduced punishment and four were cleared.
After review, the University's Office of Equality and Affirmative Action issued the following recommendations.
Ray Buford, Kiante Hardin, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson have all been expelled from the university.
Antoine Winfield Jr., Seth Green, Antonio Shenault and Kobe McCrary have been cleared of discipline. Mark Williams will be suspended from the University for one year, and Carlton Djam had been originally recommended for expulsion but instead will be suspended for one year. Still in question is the eligibility for the cleared players and suspended players for the Gopher football team.
In addition, the University issued the following statement:
"We have received a number of inquiries about the football suspension matter. Please know that out of respect for the confidentiality of individuals involved in an athletic suspension, we can identify the existence of a suspension for individual student-athletes, but the law does not allow us to talk about further specifics about the events behind the suspensions. Title IX and other related proceedings are also confidential throughout the due process that the University's policies provide: EOAA investigation; OSCAI assessment; conduct code hearings; and any appeal to the Provost by any involved party."
The suspended and expelled players can still appeal those decisions at the Office of the Provost.