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Report: Suspended Nebraska players face 2 1/2 year ban

Field Level Media

December 06, 2019 at 5:38 pm.

Nebraska wide receiver Andre Hunt and tight end Katerian LeGrone, who were indefinitely suspended before the season began, will now be suspended for two and a half years, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

No reason was given at the time of the original suspension, but ESPN’s report says the punishment stems from a rape accusation on Aug. 25.

The length of the suspension was determined in order to allow the alleged victim to finish her studies “free from a hostile environment.”

Both players remain enrolled at the school and have seven days to appeal the school’s Title IX investigation findings, released Wednesday, which determined the “greater weight of the evidence” was that sexual misconduct occurred.

The alleged assault occurred at Hunt’s apartment, though both players maintain that the sex was consensual. ESPN’s report says the woman texted others immediately after, alleging that she’d been raped.

While there are no criminal charges against the players at the moment, there’s no statute of limitations for sexual assault cases.

LeGrone’s attorney suggested that his client will fight the suspension.

“We maintain that (LeGrone) did nothing wrong,” attorney Kaz Long said. “He’s innocent, and he looks forward to clearing his name someday.”

Hunt’s attorney, Carlos Monzon, reportedly hadn’t seen the findings yet and was not ready to comment.

Hunt played in two games but did not catch a pass in 2018. He had been working out with the first-team offense this summer. LeGrone caught one pass for eight yards in three games last season.