Restraining orders against five Minnesota football were dropped Wednesday as part of a settlement in a sexual-assault investigation, according to multiple reports. That clears the way for the players potentially playing in Gophers home games again.
According to the Star Tribune, the terms of the dismissal include the players — Ray Buford, KiAnte Hardin, Tamarion Johnson, Dior Johnson and Carlton Djam — stay 20 feet away from the alleged victim and have no contact with her until after she graduates from the university. The players had been banned from the stadium, where the alleged victim works.
The Star Tribune reported the players’ ultimate return to the playing field at home is “pending team and/or university approval.”
The restraining orders were filed in late October and stemmed from an alleged incident on Sept. 2, in which the players were reportedly connected to an alleged sexual assault. Earlier in October, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against the players due to insufficient evidence.
Hardin, Buford, Tamarion Johnson and Dior Johnson each served a three-game suspension while the investigation was ongoing, however the players were reinstated when it was decided no charges would be filed.