Citing video evidence and extensive interviews with participants and witnesses, Madison police this week said University of Wisconsin junior running back Corey Clement threw the first punch in a Nov. 8 dispute with a group of individuals at his off-campus residence.
Clement, 23, suffered a cut on his hand in the fight, which he also played a large role in verbally instigating, police said.
Clement on Tuesday received two citations for disorderly conduct in connection with the incident, while two men from the opposing group, and a girlfriend of one of those men, received one citation each for disorderly conduct. The incident occurred in the early morning hours after the Badgers' victory the previous night against Maryland.
In the police investigative report, obtained Wednesday by the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Detective Joel Peterson also said the Wisconsin athletic department issued a misleading statement about the event shortly after it happened.
He made this statement when one of the two men cited along with Clement, identified as Botmonyroth Men, 21, asked why Clement had been portrayed as acting in self-defense in media accounts published a few days after the incident.
Those accounts, including a Nov. 13 story in the State Journal, were based on a short statement about the incident issued by the athletic department.
"I told Men that the information he read in the media was a release from the UW Athletic Department not Madison Police, and was not factually accurate," Peterson said.
Wisconsin released another statement Wednesday regarding the incident.
"We were informed [Tuesday] by Madison Police that Corey Clement was cited for two counts of disorderly conduct for his role in an incident on Nov. 8," the release said. "When we first became aware of this incident, we knew this was a possibility.
"We released a statement regarding Corey's involvement in the incident on Nov. 12 in response to false information that was circulating. That statement was based off information that we had at that time. With the release of the full police report today, further details on the incident have come to light."
The release stated that any disciplinary measures taken by Badgers coach Paul Chryst relating to the incident "are undetermined at this time and will be handled internally."
'Huskers not charged
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they decided not to charge anyone following an alleged rape at the home of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong and receiver Jordan Westerkamp earlier this month.
Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong and Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said the evidence didn't support filing charges.
"Filing charges would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That simply is not there," Kelly said.
A 20-year-old woman went to a hospital on Nov. 15 and said she had been raped. The woman told police she knows the suspect.
The university was also investigating Armstrong, Westerkamp and Foster, and there was no update on that Wednesday.
Illinois to decide
•Interim Illinois coach Bill Cubit will learn his fate Sunday.
Paul Kowalczyk, the interim athletic director, told WSKJ-FM 93.5 in Champaign that he and interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson will decide whether to retain Cubit within 24 hours after Saturday's game against Northwestern.
"We need to make that call and figure out which way we're going for everyone's sake," he said. "For me, it's posthaste."