Michigan State Police have requested arrest warrants for three still unidentified Michigan State football players involved in sexual assault allegations.
The allegations which were originally made back in January have forced the school to hire outside Title IX attorneys to ensure the team as well as the University as a whole followed the correct procedures in reporting and handling the incident. Steps Michigan State has taken thus far is suspending the accused players from all football activities and remove them from on- campus student housing.
The team also suspended the program’s recruiting director Curtis Blackwell due to his suspected connection with the incident.
Here’s a statement from Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis:
“The core values of MSU Athletics are clear, consistently communicated and non-negotiable. Among them are respect for self and others, accountability for actions and choices, and integrity. Sexual assault is unacceptable, and members of MSU Athletics who fail to uphold our standards for creating a culture that is safe, supportive, and responsive to those affected by it will be held accountable. My expectation of all members of the department is full and complete cooperation with all investigations.
We have a strong athletics program at MSU, one based on values, traditions, and an understanding that as Spartans we are part of something bigger. Our promise to current and future student-athletes and to the entire Spartan community is to take the steps necessary, based on the facts determined through thorough review, to run this program according to the highest values and standards.”