In his first public comments about sexual assault allegations against three of his players, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he’s “extremely concerned” about the situation and fully supports the university’s investigation.
Dantonio issued a statement on the Michigan State website on Tuesday. He has not spoken publicly since the school announced on Feb. 9 that campus police were investigating sexual assault allegations.
The three players, who haven’t been named, were suspended and removed from campus housing. The university also is conducting a Title IX investigation into how the allegations were originally handled by the football staff, and staff member Curtis Blackwell has been suspended.
The Spartans began spring practice on Saturday, but neither Dantonio nor anyone from the team has been made available for interviews, and no current roster was released.
“The allegations are something we’re extremely concerned about and taking very seriously,” Dantonio said in the statement. “We took immediate action by suspending those involved as soon as we were notified of the situation. Our action is separate from the ongoing criminal and administrative investigations. Those processes will determine if a crime has been committed and also if any university policy has been violated.
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