University President Says Police Asked Them Not To Take Action Against Accused Players
Eugene, Oregon (CNN) Three University of Oregon basketball players who faced rape allegations have been suspended from the basketball team.
The president of the university says they will not play basketball at the school again.
The university has been under fire for allowing the players to continue to play in games through the NCAA Tournament.
But the university's president says school officials were asked by police not to take action.
"When the university was made aware of the incident, we immediately began our investigation and activated our established process of support and service, immediately. We cooperated completely with law enforcement. The Eugene Police Department requested we not do anything that might hinder their criminal investigation, including suspending players or not playing them in a game,” explains Michael Gottfredson, University of Oregon President.
The players in question admitted having sexual contact with the student, but they insist it was consensual.
After investigating the allegations, the district attorney declined to prosecute the players.
The DA has said prosecutors would review the case again if new evidence becomes available.