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Posted on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 12:31 p.m.

Sexual assault investigation involving University of Michigan football player continues

By Lee Higgins

Ann Arbor police continue to investigate a reported sexual assault Sunday of a female University of Michigan student at a party at the Chi Psi fraternity.

A U-M football player was arrested and released Sunday after being questioned in the 2 a.m. incident at 620 South State St.

No charges have been filed, Sgt. David Strauss said this afternoon. Police have not released the player's name and would not release a copy of the police report today.

Both the man and accuser are 18 years old and know each other, Det. Dave Monroe said Sunday.

The fraternity's president, Michael Taub, said the football player is not affiliated with the fraternity. 

University officials have not commented on the incident.

"The Ann Arbor Police are still doing an investigation," said Bruce Madej, associate athletic director for media relations. "At this time, we're not prepared to comment."

- Staff reporter Dave Birkett contributed to this story



Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 8:54 p.m.

to respond to you sir. 1. the article states that the person in question was not charged with any crime durring his arrest, so there is no reason to hold him in jail. granted that he did commit this crime, i as well as anyone would hope justice would be served. 2. hundreds of people move through fraternity parties every weekend. if he is not affiliated with the fraternity, then obviously he was just in attendance at their party, and why dose his race matter. 3. this point really dosent make much of a point so i dont feel like making a rebuttle. innocent till proven guilty. we dont know the whole story.


Wed, Nov 25, 2009 : 9:45 a.m.

President Obama showed us how to settle this problem. Get the Police, the football player, and girl to sit down and talk about this over some beers.


Tue, Nov 24, 2009 : 7:38 p.m.

Yep, great stuff. These new age players. I'm starting to think there are enough of these thugs between UM and OSU and MSU to create a whole new team. Heck, this "new team' just picked up Glenn Winston to be the starting RB.


Tue, Nov 24, 2009 : 1:12 p.m.

rightmind, the point that was being made was that after the national media crucified these kids, ruined many of their lives by releasing their names it was revealed to be lies. So when we are commenting that it's right that they don't release his name until he is arrested based on evidence we are drawing the comparison to the duke lacrosse team members whose lives were turned upside down due to the media's crucifying and release of names. No one is saying that the situation is the same, all that is being said is it is good judgement being exercised by the police to not release his name without being charged for a crime.


Tue, Nov 24, 2009 : 10:15 a.m.

At Duke the girls qwere strippers. This was another student that the football player knew. I don't see the connection.


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 11:59 p.m.

@ Dubs ".....There are signs posted for 21+ drinking......" Well as long as there are signs posted I guess that pretty much takes all liability out of your hands doesn't it? I mean come on there are posted signs, how much more enforcement can you reasonably expect? Look how well posted speed limit signs do at controlling peoples driving. Are there any "No Rape" signs anywhere around the house? Because maybe if there had been a sign stating "No Rape allowed on these premises" this whole issue could have been avoided. Ooh and by the way, Our coach was caught crying AGAIN!


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 9:47 p.m.

Chosen1, I agree. There's no reason to release the player's name at this point as nothing's been proven. If he is innocent, a damaged reputation is hard, if not impossible, to repair. Let due process take it's course and see what happens. I saw someone mention the Duke lacrosse scandal the other day. Let that be a lesson to all of us not to jump the gun on these type of allegations.


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 7:41 p.m.

It isn't "catch and release." See, in the United States we have things called "rights" meaning that you can't be held indefinitely without charges being filed. So it appears he was arrested, questioned and released pending authorization of charges by the prosecutor, at which point a warrant will be issued for his arrest if the investigation determines that a crime was indeed committed. This is the process for EVERYONE arrested for these kinds of crimes/investigations, not just football players.


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 5:36 p.m.

Wait, how does that make any sense at all? He's the one who acted in the wrong. There are signs posted for 21+ drinking and it is expected that people should be able to control themselves.


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 4:04 p.m.

Dubs. When this is over, I hope he has the good sense not become one of your Frat brothers.


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 3:59 p.m.

The player is not a brother nor a pledge. He is not associated with the fraternity at all.


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 3:28 p.m.

rhe says he's not a fraternity brother. He wasn't charged as there wasn't enough evidence to arrest him on. The investigation is ongoing which means they don't want to rush to judgement and falsely accuse someone. If they released his name and later found out the allegations were a lie, then it wouldn't matter because his name would have been released and his reputation would be damaged as people would assume he was guilty before knowing full facts. So back off your witch hunt that football players are getting passes


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 3:22 p.m.

Bo was right about a lot of stuff but "nothing good ever happens after 11pm" sure as hell wasn't one of them.


Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 1:57 p.m.

One of the things Coach Bo used to always tell his players was that nothing good ever happens after 11PM. Food for thought.

Rhe Buttle

Mon, Nov 23, 2009 : 1:27 p.m.

Gee, I don't know, Mr. Higgins and Mr. Birkett, there is just so much that one could comment about this story: 1. Hmmm, catch and release for football players. "Bigger fish to fry?" or was it just his maize & blue get out of jail free card? 2. "the football player is not a brother" So, he is what, a pledge? A young man rushing the frat? Or just a "celeb" on the A list? He's not a brother could also mean he is not an African American. 3. 18 years old in Michigan is an adult. I understand shielding the victim's identity, but the "alleged perpetrator"? Can't bury these stories so well now since there is no back page, can you?