Documents Show Contradicting Accounts of What Led to Suspension of 10 Gopher Football Players

December 19, 2016 11:46 AM

The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that 10 football players have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

The players include: Ray Buford, Carlton Djam, Seth Green, KiAnte Hardin, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson, Kobe McCrary, Antonio Shenault, Mark Williams and Antoine Winfield Jr.


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Of the 10 players suspended, six were involved in a sexual misconduct incident involving a female student at the University of Minnesota.

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A source told KSTP that the university’s Office of Affirmative Action sent letters to all 10 with recommended disciplinary actions.

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The degree of punishments varied among the 10 players, but it was recommended at least one of the players be expelled.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office ultimately decided not to press charges with regards to the incident that happened at a Dinkytown apartment complex last September. 

According to a Minneapolis Police report, the woman claims a night of partying included sexual contact with football player Carlton Djam, and it "may have been consensual".

Police say, "Djam provided investigators with three recordings, one that shows the woman engaged in what could only be considered consensual sexual interaction".

That report also shows that Djam said the "woman sounds as though she is somewhat intoxicated, but is not slurring her words and is certainly conscious and aware of what is going on. She does not appear to be upset by the sexual activity and does not indicate that she wants it to stop."

However in that same report, the woman said she, "believes that the sexual contact with "Tamarion, Ray, and Dior, was not consensual".

The woman said she had been drinking that night and "her description of the event is admittedly lacking due to her loss of memory." 

A source with direct knowledge of the investigation, says that three of the suspended players, Seth Green, Antoine Winfield Jr., and Antonio Shenault did not have sexual contact with the woman. 

Specifically investigators said in the report, "Green was not believed to have been in (the) room".

KSTP obtained a portion of the letter the university sent Buford.

READ: Portion of the University of Minnesota letter sent to Ray Buford, Jr.

The letter cites four violations of the university’s student conduct code which includes: harm to person, sexual misconduct, violation of university rules relating to sexual harassment and persistent violations.

“How this entity has found something different from what the Minneapolis P.D., the Hennepin County prosecutor’s office. How they can find something different than these law enforcement entities is beyond me," said Ray Buford Sr., father of Ray Buford. “I'm coming from a point of expertise. I've never seen anything like this. Never. In all my 17 years of law enforcement have I never seen anything like this."

The announcement of the suspensions come as the Gophers prepare to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27.


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