The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it would not seek charges against four Minnesota football players who were investigated for an alleged sexual assault.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) October 3, 2016
It was reported last month that four players — defensive end Tamarion Johnson, safety Dior Johnson and cornerbacks KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford — were being investigated by Minneapolis police after a 22-year-old woman filed a complaint. The players have been indefinitely suspended since Sept. 3, though the university never specifically commented on the nature of the charges.
According to the statement released Monday by the attorney’s office, there was insufficient evidence to charge any of the players.
The players’ lawyer, Lee Hutton, released a statement on their behalf later Monday.
— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) October 3, 2016
I am very pleased that my clients will be back on the field enjoying what they love to do. #Gopherstrong
— Attorney, Lee Hutton (@LeeHuttonIII) October 3, 2016
The players availability, however, remains in question, and there is at least one report that indicates a Title IX investigation is underway.
Feel need to tap breaks on #Gophers players coming back in time for Iowa. Hear there's possible Title IX investigation that could factor in.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 4, 2016