MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action report shows university investigators did not have all of the evidence available to law enforcement from the incident involving Gophers football players.
The more than 80-page document describes an alleged sexual assault in September, involving a young woman and multiple Gophers players and a college recruit. The incident was investigated by law enforcement, but charges were never filed.
According to the summary of evidence collected, the University requested all notes, documents, recordings, videos and other information from the Hennepin County Police Department investigation, but the Hennepin County Attorney's Office did not share the information with the University.
EOAA report obtained by FOX 9 shows university investigators didn't have all of the evidence, including video, available to law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/O0cXfTAPN6— Jack Highberger (@JackHighberger) December 16, 2016
On Thursday night, the team announced a boycott of all team activities. Wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky spoke on behalf of the team, saying the boycott is in place "until due process is followed and the suspensions for all 10 players are lifted."
In an exclusive interview with Fox 9, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said he met with the team in a closed door meeting.
"We had a productive conversation, I think we found some middle ground and that's about all I can say right now,” said Kaler.
Before meeting with the players, Kaler had released a statement, which can be viewed here.
So far, the suspensions remain.
President Kaler is not saying publicly if Friday's meeting with the team has altered the decision.
"I think we had a good exchange of views, I understood them better I hope they understand me better," said Kaler.
The university investigation has put this month's Holiday Bowl game against Washington State in question.
10 players suspended
On Tuesday, the team learned 10 players had been suspended indefinitely following the results of internal University of Minnesota investigation into the allegations, conducted by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Some of the 10 Gophers players are facing not just team suspensions, but expulsion from the university.
The players are: redshirt freshman Ray Buford, redshirt sophomore running back Carlton Djam, freshman quarterback Seth Green, sophomore defensive back KiAnte Hardin, redshirt freshman defensive back Dior Johnson, freshman defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson, junior running back Kobe McCrary, sophomore defensive back Antonio Shenault, freshman quarterback Mark Williams and freshman defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr.