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5 Punishments Upheld, 4 Cleared, 1 Reduced in Gopher Football Player Sexual Misconduct Investigation

February 03, 2017 11:28 PM

Ten Gopher football players have learned their academic fate Friday after a sexual misconduct investigation.

Click the video box on this page to see the report as it aired on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Friday night

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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. 

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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.

Ray Buford

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  expulsion from University.
  • Recommendation upheld.
     

Kiante Hardin

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  expulsion from University.
  • Recommendation upheld.

Dior Johnson

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  expulsion from University.
  • Recommendation upheld.

Tamarion Johnson

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  expulsion from University.
  • Recommendation upheld.

Mark Williams

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  suspended for one year from University.
  • Recommendation upheld.

Carlton Djam

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  expulsion from University.
  • Revised punishment: suspended for one year from University.

Antonio Shenault

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  placed under probation for one year at University.
  • Revised punishment: Cleared from academic punishment.

Seth Green

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  suspended for one year from University.
  • Revised punishment: Cleared from academic punishment.

Antoine Winfield Jr.

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  suspended for one year from University.
  • Revised punishment: Cleared from academic punishment.

Kobe McCrary

  • EOAA recommended punishment:  suspended for one year from University.
  • Revised punishment: Cleared from academic punishment.

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.

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Theresa Malloy and Russell Barnes

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