Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Brewster Dismisses Four Players Inovlved In Investigation

Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster issued a statement today indicating that Dominic Jones, and the three other Minnesota football players under investigation in a sexual assault case have been dismissed from the team.

In a statement, Brewster said: "It is an honor and a privilege to wear the uniform of the University of Minnesota and we have exceedingly high expectations for each of our student-athletes. We spend a considerable amount of time addressing our players regarding their personal conduct and we will not compromise our values. We are establishing a culture of integrity and we will demand that our players are held accountable for their actions."

Dominic Jones, a standout cornerback, was charged Monday with third degree sexual assault. Teammates EJ Jones, Keith Massey and Alex Daniels are still under investigation. According to Associated Press reports, being dismissed from the team does not mean the players' scholarships have been revoked.

In my opinion, this is a good move for Brewster. Anything but zero tolerance in this case would be a mistake. The players will have a chance to prove their innocence. Until then, I agree with Brewster's decision to give the team a chance to operate without this cloud hanging over it. This should also send a message to every other player on the roster and future recruits.

3 comments:

Mark said...

I'm normally a strong believer in "innocent until proven guilty" but in this case, I have to agree with what Brewster did and the statement he made in justifying it.

Hopefully pjs is right in that this will send a strong message to the rest of the team and to potential recruits that you don't get yourself into situations like this because it won't be worth it.

Erik said...

Well, they *are* still innocent. However, the criterion for behavior on a team should be higher than "not legally guilty". I'm glad that this is the case.


In other news, I'm starting at the U this fall and I was deeply afraid I was going to have to start a blog. I'm glad I found this one.

PJS said...

Erik, There can never be too many UofM bloggers.

That said, glad you found my little corner in the vast band of tubes.