Four University of Minnesota football players being investigated in a sexual assault case have been kicked off the team, coach Tim Brewster announced Wednesday.
Dominic Jones, a cornerback charged Monday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman in April, and three teammates -- running back E.J. Jones, defensive end Alex Daniels and defensive back Keith Massey (Dominic Jones' brother) were dismissed from the team on Wednesday.
"It is an honor and a privilege to wear the uniform of the University of Minnesota and we have exceedingly high expectations for each of our student-athletes," Brewster said in a statement issued by the university. "We spend a considerable amount of time addressing our players regarding their personal conduct and we will not compromise our values. We are establishing a culture of integrity and we will demand that our players are held accountable for their actions."
Dominic Jones, a junior and one of the team's best defensive players, was charged for having sex with a woman who was "physically helpless" after a night of binge drinking at a campus apartment in early April.
Investigators estimated the woman's blood-alcohol content was more than 0.30 when they say Daniels used his cell phone to film Jones having sex with the woman. Forensic scientists later recovered a portion of the deleted film from the phone and say they have DNA evidence linking Jones to the woman.
Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman said Daniels, E.J. Jones and Massey also had sex with the woman earlier in the night. Freeman has not filed charges against those three but said they remain suspects in the case.
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