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Minnesota suspends Daquein McNeil after domestic assault arrest

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Minnesota suspended men's basketball player Daquein McNeil from all team activities after he was arrested on probable cause for domestic assault, reports Amelia Rayno of the Star Tribune.

McNeil, a sophomore guard from Baltimore, remained in a Minneapolis jail, held without bail, as of Tuesday afternoon. The team left for New York to take part in the NIT Season Tipoff tournament. It will play St. John’s in the opening round on Wednesday.

According to the report, McNeil was arrested Monday afternoon. From the report: 

The criminal report details two counts of domestic assault against McNeil, including felony second-degree assault, against his girlfriend at an apartment near campus. The report reads that McNeil “ripped her clothes off, hit her with a large belt multiple times, choked her and poured cold water on her. The victim [was] able to flee [the] unit with only a small robe and coat. ... Officers observed victim to have multiple bruising and welts all over her body.”

“We are currently gathering information and cooperating with the authorities,” Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague said in a statement. “This athletics department values respect and positively impacting the lives of others and will not tolerate any form of domestic assault from its staff or student athletes.”

Teague said that McNeil will remain suspended pending the result of the investigation.

McNeil is averaging 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 19 minutes in four games this season for the Gophers (3-1) and played in 30 games off the bench last season.

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