Suspended Minnesota basketball forward Reggie Lynch faces a third sexual assault allegation, the Star Tribune reports .
From the Star Tribune’s report on Tuesday:
The complaint, obtained by the Star Tribune on Tuesday, marks the third woman to come forward accusing Lynch of sexual misconduct. It resulted in a Jan. 3 finding by the U’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) that Lynch was responsible for sexual misconduct in an alleged sexual assault that occurred on April 7, 2016. The EOAA’s finding against Lynch was issued the same day as a separate recommendation that he be suspended for sexual misconduct in an unrelated incident that occurred three weeks later.
Minnesota suspended Lynch on Friday following a school investigation into a sexual assault allegation from an April 2016 incident in Lynch’s dorm, but allowed him to remain a member of the team. The Star Tribune’s report says Lynch has been practicing since the suspension. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action found him “responsible” after the investigation, and recommended Lynch face a career-ending suspension and a “complete ban” from campus until 2020.
In May, Lynch was arrested on suspicion that he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman. The charges were dropped in August, and Minnesota cleared him to play this season a month later.
Lynch is a senior in his second season on the team following a transfer from Illinois State. Athletic director Mark Coyle explained his reasoning on Friday for not kicking Lynch off the team:
“We want to make sure that student-athlete has access to athletic medicine and treatment, to academic services, the opportunity to continue compete and be around his team from that standpoint,” Coyle told reporters Friday. “So we thought it was important to go that direction.”