Minnesota football team walkout threatens Holiday Bowl

Minnesota football team walkout threatens Holiday Bowl
Minnesota mascot Goldy the Gopher under happier circumstances.

[Ed. – And no, this isn’t Black Lives Matter.  The team is showing solidarity with team members who have been suspended, even though the police investigation of a sexual assault allegation produced no charges against them.  This seems like the kind of explosive stuff that normally grabs the headlines immediately, but I suspect most writers can’t really figure out what to do with it.  Rule of law supporters might have sympathy for the team, certainly.  If you look at the alleged events, however, it does appear that a drunk female student ended up having multiple sexual partners from the team on the night in question. The police weren’t able to find that there was coercion, or that she was unable to consent — but clearly she was perturbed afterward.  In terms of a slam-dunk for either side, the rule of law is simply not a triumph for moral clarity in this situation.  This is a major social problem for American society, routinely mishandled.]

After refusing to practice Thursday, Gophers players donned their maroon game jerseys and announced that they are boycotting all football activities — even their Dec. 27 bowl game, if need be — in protest of the University of Minnesota’s decision to suspend 10 teammates as a result of a September sexual assault allegation.

Those 10 suspended players stood directly behind seniors Drew Wolitarsky, Mitch Leidner and Duke Anyanwu — with the rest of the team arrayed behind them in support — as Wolitarsky read from a typed, two-page statement, laying out the players’ demands. …

Some of the players were directly accused by a female student in an alleged sexual assault in the early morning hours after the Gophers’ Sept. 2 season opener; the involvement of others is unclear. The school discipline comes weeks after a criminal investigation resulted in no arrests or charges. The woman’s allegations were documented through police reports and court testimony, and ultimately led to the EOAA investigation.

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