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Continued: April 10: No charges filed against 3 U players

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN and BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 11, 2007 - 12:09 AM

Jones offered a DNA sample to investigators, DeGree said. Joseph Tamburino, who is representing Massey, said he didn't know whether his client gave a DNA sample. The attorneys declined to discuss whether the players knew the woman.

"Keith Massey is innocent," Tamburino said. "I don't think there was a crime."

DeGree said Jones will try to "live his life as normally as possible, go back to school and, I think, he'll soon be back on the football team. He's very, very upset and wants to put it behind him."Ultimately, these are 19-, 20-year-old kids, and I don't know where they go to get their reputations back," DeGree said. "They're not the kind of guys a coach worries about on Friday night."

Freeman said police had enough probable cause to arrest the players. He was unable to say when the investigation will be completed, but he added that the case "isn't being handled any differently because the investigation involves university athletes."

In a statement issued Monday, University of Minnesota spokesman Daniel Wolter said the university takes allegations of sexual misconduct and violent crime very seriously. Everyone, from the central administration to the department of intercollegiate athletics, is cooperating with law enforcement, he said.

"These student-athletes are innocent until proven guilty and continue to be students of the University of Minnesota and attend classes," he said. "They have relocated to off-campus housing until the completion of the investigation."

Staff writers Chip Scoggins and Jay Weiner contributed to this report. vonste@startribune.com • 612-673-7184 dchanen@startribune.com • 612-673-4465

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