U football players accused of rape

Charges could be filed as early as Monday in the alleged rape case.

Mark Remme

Three members of the Minnesota football team remain in jail after a Friday arrest in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

Alex Daniels and Keith Massey, both 20, and E.J. Jones, 19, were taken into custody after an 18-year-old woman filed a report with University police saying she was raped at the University Village Apartments.

Bail was set at $100,000 for each of the players, and charges are expected to come as soon as Monday. University Police Chief Greg Hestness said the players would be released if no charges were filed Monday, but charges could come later.

The incident occurred late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, Hestness said. The woman reported it Friday morning.

Hestness said the woman, who is not named in the report, is not a University student and does not reside in the apartment complex.

The day of the incident, the woman went to a hospital for a sexual assault evaluation – commonly known as a “rape test” – and was also provided services from victims’ advocates.

Police stored the evidence and advised the woman of her rights, according to the police report.

The arrests came the night before the team’s annual Spring Game Saturday – dubbed the “Gopher Nation Celebration” by newly-hired coach Tim Brewster as part of turning over a new leaf.

Expectations and team morale had peaked before the arrests, but the allegations left fellow teammates in shock.

“We feel for them,” freshman quarterback Adam Weber said after the Spring Game Saturday. “It was tough news to take last night.”

Daniels came to the Gophers as a highly touted recruit from Columbus, Ohio. He played running back, linebacker and defensive end last season and figured to be a top choice as a starting defensive end this year.

Jones, a running back, started last season’s opener against Kent State before leaving the game early in the first quarter with an injury. He never regained his spot on the depth chart.

Jones and Massey, a cornerback, were both expected to fight for playing time as backups before the incident occurred.

Now, the players are suspended from the team until the investigation is complete, Brewster said.

“Three guys were suspended, the investigation is ongoing and we’ll see how things turn out,” Brewster said. “Situations are going to come up and we’re going to handle them.”

It is the first controversy Brewster has faced since taking over for former coach Glen Mason in January.

“Obviously this is a difficult situation that was presented to me,” Brewster said. “But we support the three men.”