MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Gopher basketball head coach Richard Pitino announced Tuesday he has suspended the three players who "violated team rules" for the rest of the season. They were barred from playing Sunday, and amid rumors of a sex video posted to Twitter, the athletics department maintained they cannot explain why.
"After careful and continued consideration, I am suspending Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer for the duration of the season," Pitino said in a statement. "I believe this is the best thing for the basketball program as we strive to build a strong and respectful culture each and every day."
The team said Sunday that Gophers leading scorer Nate Mason and freshmen Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer wouldn't play ahead of Sunday's 84-71 loss to Illinois, but did not disclose the details of their suspension.
According to Deadspin, Dorsey posted two videos to his Twitter account on Friday evening and deleted them 30 minutes later, then Dorsey deleted his account. The videos allegedly show Dorsey, another man and a woman engaged in a sex act.
The University of Minnesota Police Department and Minneapolis Police Department confirmed they are not investigating.
“With the privilege of being a member of the University of Minnesota basketball program there are expectations and standards to which we hold our student-athletes accountable, and they have failed to do so,” head coach Richard Pitino said.
Statement from University of Minnesota Athletics
"As was shared prior to Sunday's game at Illinois, three members of the University of Minnesota men's basketball program were disciplined for violating team rules and withheld from participating in the game.
Information related to individual student discipline is private educational data, and as a result we cannot share any additional information at this time."
Statement from Interim Director of Athletics Beth Goetz
"Coach Pitino and I have had extensive discussions during the last several days, and I support his decision to suspend three student athletes for the remainder of the season. The privilege of representing the University of Minnesota comes with great responsibility and we hold all of our student-athletes accountable."