A Hennepin County judge said Tuesday he will make a decision before the next University of Minnesota home football game on whether to continue restraining orders against five players that currently keeps them from playing in home games.
Judge Mel Dickstein set a Nov. 3 date to hear evidence on the restraining orders so he could have time to make the decision by Nov. 5, when the Gophers play Purdue.
An alleged victim of a Sept. 2 incident petitioned to keep Ray Buford, KiAnte Hardin, Tamarion Johnson, Dior Johnson, Carlton Djam and Kiondre Thomas from TCF Bank Stadium, where she takes part in the university’s game-day operations, as well as her apartment. Thomas was cleared Monday from a restraining order filed against him, according to a court document obtained Monday by the Star Tribune.
None of the players have been arrested or charged in connection with the alleged Sept. 2 incident.
The Gophers suspended Hardin, Buford, Tamarion Johnson and Dior Johnson for three games while Minneapolis police investigated, but those players were reinstated to the team when Hennepin County announced it was declining to press charges.
The players are eligible to compete in this weekend’s road game at Illinois. When asked Tuesday if they’ll play, coach Tracy Claeys said, “We’re going to play our best 11 who are eligible to play, period.”