A fourth Michigan State player is involved in a sexual assault investigation.
Three unnamed players are under investigation regarding Jan. 16 allegations. Another player is now being investigated for a separate incident, according to MLive.com. That player is also unidentified and a spokesperson told the site that no court filings or evidence submissions had been made.
Meridian Twp Police says it received a complaint of criminal sexual assault in the township on April 9. Investigation is ongoing
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In a Thursday afternoon statement, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said the player has been suspended.
“We are aware of a sexual assault investigation in Meridian Township involving one of our players,” Dantonio’s statement said. “That player was immediately suspended on Sunday from all team activities as soon as we were notified of the situation.
“We will continue to educate and enforce high standards for the program. I expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University. This investigation is an ongoing process. It is not appropriate at this time for me to comment further on this matter.”
Fifteen players were held out of Michigan State’s spring scrimmage on April 1. Dantonio was asked during a Wednesday teleconference if players who had participated in the scrimmage had been suspended since it took place. From SpartanMag.com:
Dantonio acknowledged that there have been new suspensions, but downplayed the significance.
“We red-lock people from time to time,” Dantonio said. “We use the term ‘red-lock’ for various things. So yes there has been. There’s constant people in and out of different situations. I think that’s normal.”
The teleconference was Dantonio’s second availability since the investigation of the three players was announced. In his first media gathering on March 28, Dantonio said it would be “trivial” to talk about football given the seriousness of the allegations. But he also said he couldn’t comment on the investigation directly.
The school is conducting a Title IX investigation into the allegations involving the three players in addition to the investigation by campus police.
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