Michigan State suspends another player after reported sexual assault

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The former Spartans, kicked off the team Tuesday, are due back in court for preliminary hearings later this month.

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The former Spartans, kicked off the team Tuesday, are due back in court for preliminary hearings later this month.

Another Michigan State player has been suspended from the team after he was accused of sexual assault.

The player was reportedly involved in an incident inMeridian Township, which is near the school's East Lansing campus.Assistant chief Ken Plaga did not reveal the name of the player.

“Our No. 1 concern right now is for the victim,” Plaga said, via the Lansing State Journal. “The prosecuting attorney’s office hasn’t even seen our report because our investigation is not yet complete. Once we have completed our investigation and had the issue reviewed by the Ingham County prosecuting attorney’s office and subsequently a suspect has been arrested and arraigned, we will then release the information of the suspect’s name and a photograph.”

Spartans coach MarkDantonio confirmed he knew of the investigation and that the player had been banned from all team activities.

“We are aware of a sexual assault investigation in Meridian Township involving one of our players. That player was immediately suspended on Sunday from all team activities as soon as we were notified of the situation,” Dantonio said in a statement. “We will continue to educate and enforce high standards for the program. I expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University.

“This investigation is an ongoing process. It is not appropriate at this time for me to comment further on this matter.”

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This is the fourth Michigan State player who allegedly has been involved in a sexual assault case. In a separate incident, three other unnamed players have been accused of sexual assault stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.

They were also suspended from all team activities.

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