Michigan State has made the decision to officially dismiss the three players under investigation for sexual assault. Having been suspended indefinitely earlier in the year, today the school decided they wouldn’t be able to return regardless of the outcome of the investigation.
On Tuesday, a judge ruled that the three Michigan State football players will be officially charged with third degree sexual misconduct. Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance all face up to 15 years in prison if they are found guilty. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on January 16th at an on-campus apartment.
Today, coach Mark Dantonio released a statement regarding the players dismissal:
Mark Dantonio's statement. Corley, King and Vance have been dismissed from the program. pic.twitter.com/oo0eY7w0OC
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) June 6, 2017
Police say the three players originally denied having sexual contact with the woman, before conceding that wasn’t entirely true. A video exists that pictures King having sex with the woman in the bathroom. King then invited Corley and Vance into the bathroom and forced the woman to perform oral sex on them separately.
There is a text message exchange between the three players that indicates their involvement in the crime.
Michigan State police released a statement Tuesday morning saying that their lengthy investigation included over 100 interviews.
All three players were part of the no. 17 ranked recruiting class for Michigan State in 2016. They figured to be important pieces of the Spartan offense going forward. Now, it appears that they have more serious matters to tend to that extend beyond playing football.