Michigan state footballer sues for pending suspension | College football
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan State University football player has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming he was wrongfully suspended from the team indefinitely while it investigated on allegations of sexual assault against him since January.
The federal lawsuit filed Friday by the player identified as John Doe alleges that the state of Michigan has failed to respond to his requests to be reinstated into the team as the school’s investigation and grievance process in under the federal rules of Title IX are completed, the Lansing State Journal reported.
The lawsuit claims that the university violated its contractual obligations to the second student who receives a full scholarship and discriminated against him on the basis of his gender.
Michigan State spokesman Dan Olsen said the university is not commenting on pending litigation.
The university’s investigation began after a student alleged that two Michigan state football players sexually assaulted her in January, according to the lawsuit. The player suing the college said the sex was consensual.
The player reported the allegation to a member of the football coaching staff days later after being questioned by police, according to the lawsuit. Football coach Mel Tucker soon suspended him from training and all team activities.
The State Journal reported that it requested documents regarding the alleged assault from University Police and the Ingham County District Attorney’s Office, but those requests were rejected on the grounds that the case was still under investigation .
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