Min­nesota play­ers threaten to skip Hol­i­day Bowl game

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Jon Krawczyn­ski

min­neapo­lis» The en­tire Min­nesota foot­ball team says it is boy­cotting all foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties un­til it gets sat­is­fac­tory an­swers from the Big Ten school about the sus­pen­sion of 10 play­ers this week.

The school sus­pended the play­ers af­ter an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a sex­ual as­sault case. Po­lice de­clined to charge any of the play­ers, but the school sus­pended them based on in­ter­nal reg­u­la­tions in­volv­ing sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions.

The team’s play­ers said Wed­nes­day they haven’t ruled out skip­ping the Hol­i­day Bowl on Dec. 27 against Wash­ing­ton State in San Diego.

Min­nesota an­nounced the sus­pen­sions Tues­day night without dis­clos­ing why. The in­ci­dent at an off-cam­pus apart­ment in Septem­ber led to three-game sus­pen­sions of four Go­phers play­ers this sea­son — and now they are benched again, with six of their team­mates.

Ray Bu­ford Jr., KiAnte Hardin, Dior John­son and Ta­mar­ion John­son were sus­pended for three games when their names came up in the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But the play­ers weren’t ar­rested.

The other six play­ers are de­fen­sive backs An­to­nio Shenault and An­toine Win­field Jr., run­ning backs Carl­ton Djam and Kobe McCrary and quar­ter­backs Seth Green and Mark Wil­liams. Hardin and Win­field are starters. Bu­ford and Shenault are key back­ups.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice records re­leased Wed­nes­day, a woman told po­lice she was drunk when she was sex­u­ally as­saulted in Djam’s apart­ment by sev­eral men, in­clud­ing some of the sus­pended play­ers. She said her sex­ual con­tact with two men may have been con­sen­sual, but her con­tact with four of them wasn’t con­sen­sual. Sev­eral play­ers told po­lice it was con­sen­sual.

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