Monday November 17th, 2014

Two Tennessee football players are being investigated for rape and sexual assault and have been suspended from the team, The Tennessean reports

Police did not release the names of the accused, but the paper, citing a police source, reported that senior linebacker A.J. Johnson and sophomore defensive back Michael Williams are suspects in the incidents, which allegedly took place early Sunday. WBIR also identified the players as suspects in the case. Neither has been charged as of Monday.

Tennessee announced Monday afternoon that Johnson and Williams had been suspended from all team activities.

The Tennessean reports that Knoxville, Tenn., police are looking into reports of rape and sexual assault allegedly committed at an off-campus house. Both incidents took place around 3 a.m. Sunday. The two alleged victims were 19-year-old females, one of whom was a Tennessee student. The other alleged victim, a student from an out-of-state college, was visiting Knoxville. The Tennessee student told police she was raped by two male students, while the other said she was sexually assaulted. 

According to The Tennessean's report, it is unknown whether the two incidents are related.

Earlier Monday, Tennessee coach Butch Jones confirmed that two players were involved in the investigation and said he would "act in a decisive manner" once he had more information. 

The Tennessean reports that the woman from out of state has decided she doesn't want the case prosecuted.

Tennessee defeated Kentucky 50-16 in Knoxville on Saturday.

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