Gopher Football Father Speaks Out on U of M Discipline Process

February 06, 2017 08:53 PM

Mounting criticism is building around how the University of Minnesota handled its investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by ten Gopher football players.

Six of the ten players were ultimately punished with suspensions or expulsions while four were cleared of punishment. 


The father of one of the suspended players called the whole process unfair.

"I'm not proud of what might have happened," Jerome Djam, the father of Carlton Djam, said. "I don't know the details, but it has not been fair for these kids to be portrayed like culprits, like criminals. Why are they putting them out there, what is the crime?"

Carlton had his recommended expulsion reduced to a one-year suspension for his involvement in a sexual misconduct investigation.

Jerome said the university is a great school for his son, and he believes his son will stay, but disagrees with the punishment.

"Let them be given some kind of probation, probation so they can readjust their lives for any mistakes they might have made. They shouldn't be standing accused without a crime," he said. "The process has not been good for the kids. Very negative publicity that they don't have to have."

Jerome said his son is extremely disappointed and hasn't said much about it.

As for one of the players who was expelled, Tamarion Johnson, he thanked gopher coaches and staff today in a tweet saying he would be transferring to a community college in Arizona.

"We have on going process where we seek justice and fairness for our students, when that process is finished we will, as we always do, look at what we can do better, if anything," Eric Kaler, the U of M's President, said.


Jessica Miles

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