Minnesota Football Players Boycott Team Activities

December 16, 2016

The football team at the University of Minnesota has announced it is boycotting all team activities to protest the suspension of 10 players, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The university did not announce a reason for the suspensions, but they are believed to be related to a sex assault investigation in which police declined to bring charges. The entire team's boycott could extend to an appearance in the Holiday Bowl.

A joint statement Thursday night from Eric Kaler, the president, and Mark Coyle, the athletic director, said that administrators would continue to discuss the football players' concerns. But the statement also defended the suspensions.

"We understand that a lot of confusion and frustration exists as a result of this week's suspension of 10 Gopher football players from all team activities," the statement said. "The reality is that not everyone can have all of the facts, and unfortunately the university cannot share more information due to federal laws regarding student privacy."

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