Cops investigating suspended Minnesota players after alleged sexual assault

Tuesday September 13th, 2016

Authorities in Minneapolis are looking into whether four suspended Minnesota football players were involved in an alleged sexual assault.

The assault allegedly occurred on Sept. 3, hours after the team's victory over Oregon State in their season opener.

The team suspended cornerbacks KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford, safety Dior Johnson and defensive end Tamarion Johnson for last Saturday's game against Indiana State for violating unspecified team rules.

The players have not been charged with any crime and police have not said if the players are witnesses or suspects.

Minnesota (2–0) is off this week and play Colorado State on Sept. 24. The Gophers open Big Ten play on Oct. 1 against Penn State.

- Scooby Axson

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