Minnesota Football Players Accused of Sex Assault

October 16, 2015

Several University of Minnesota football players were accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment and retaliation last year, in a series of complaints that the university's director of equal opportunity calls "a concerning pattern of football player conduct."

The administrator, Kimberly Hewitt, wrote of her concerns in a July email that was obtained this week by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Hewitt told the newspaper that her concerns still remain. In her email, she wrote that the complaints included two reports of sexual assault committed by individual players and two reports of sexual harassment involving "groups of football players." The email was sent to Norwood Teague, who was then the university's athletic director.

Teague resigned in August after two female university employees filed sexual harassment complaints against him. In September, Minnesota's associate athletic director took a leave of absence after also being accused of sexual harassment. The university is currently conducting an internal investigation into the athletic department.

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