Three former Michigan State football players have been expelled from the university following the conclusion of a Title IX investigation.
Last month, wide receiver Donnie Corley, defensive end Josh King and defensive back Demetric Vance were all booted from the Spartans football team after being charged with sexual misconduct.
The trio was “dismissed from the university for violating the school’s relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy,” in a statement released by mlive.com.
All three former players were charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, while King has added charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a charge for capturing or distributing an image of an unclothed person.
Corley was the Spartans’ second-leading receiver in 2016, while King appeared in nine games with two starts. Vance did not play, after taking a redishirt season. All three players were four-star recruits.
Head coach Mark Dantonio’s statement on the initial charges can be read in full below:
With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately.
“When we choose student-athletes to come to MSU, we enter into a relationship with them and their families, and we welcome them into ours. We emphasize that success on the field is not enough, as I made clear when all three individuals were suspended four months ago upon us learning of the allegations. They also must embrace our core principles, which include integrity, respect and accountability. The individuals in this case put themselves in a compromising position and did not live up to the standards we have outlined for our program.
“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.
“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program. The high standards I have established for this program will not change, and the values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. I expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflect the ideals of this university.”