February 03, 2017 11:28 PM
Ten Gopher football players have learned their academic fate Friday after a sexual misconduct investigation.
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Four players have been expelled, one is suspended for a year, one expulsion was reduced to one-year suspension, and four were cleared. The status of their football eligibility is unclear.
Gopher football players Antoine Winfield Jr., Seth Green, Antonio Shenault and Kobe McCrary have been cleared of discipline by the University of Minnesota, according to sources.
Winfield Jr., a freshman, was facing one year of suspension.
Antoine Winfield Sr. told KSTP's Darren Wolfson in a text, "Feels like 1000 lbs has been lifted off him. Time to go back to work. God is good!!"
The appeal hearings started last Thursday and continued late Friday night. Five players were facing expulsion, one faced probation and four were facings suspension.
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The University's Office of Equality and Affirmative Action reviewed the case and recommended the following punishments.
Antoine Winfield Jr.
The University of Minnesota issued the following statement:
We have received a number of inquiries about the football suspension matter. Please know that out of respect for the confidentiality of individuals involved in an athletic suspension, we can identify the existence of a suspension for individual student-athletes, but the law does not allow us to talk about further specifics about the events behind the suspensions. Title IX and other related proceedings are also confidential throughout the due process that the University's policies provide: EOAA investigation; OSCAI assessment; conduct code hearings; and any appeal to the Provost by any involved party
The suspended and expelled players can still appeal those decisions at the Office of the Provost.
Theresa Malloy and Russell Barnes
Updated: February 03, 2017 11:28 PM
Created: February 03, 2017 04:32 PM
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