University of Minnesota football players are boycotting the sport after 10 of their teammates were suspended.
A statement put out Thursday by the boycotting players said they met with their athletic director and “wanted answers but received misleading statements,” so “the boycott will remain effective until due process is followed and suspensions for all 10 players involved are lifted,” according to ESPN.
The school has not announced why the 10 players were suspended, but ESPN reports that the father of one of them said it was a result of a university Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault.
Following the boycott announcement, University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle and president Eric W. Kaler released a joint statement: “We understand that a lot of confusion and frustration exists as a result of this week’s suspension of 10 Gopher Football players from all team activities. The reality is that not everyone can have all of the facts, and unfortunately the University cannot share more information due to federal laws regarding student privacy.”