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Published March 1, 2024

Restraining orders brought against five Gophers football players

The players won’t be allowed at Saturday’s game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Restraining orders filed against five Minnesota football players will prevent them from playing at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, according to Hennepin County Court records.

The five players — KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson, Tamarion Johnson, and Carlton Djam — will not be allowed at Saturday’s football game against Rutgers, their attorney Lee Hutton said. The restraining orders were filed in Hennepin County Court.

The alleged victim who filed the restraining orders — a woman who participates in game day operations at TCF Bank Stadium — is the same victim from a Sept. 2 incident involving four of the players that led to three game suspensions. Djam is the only player served that wasn’t suspended by head coach Tracy Claeys.

Police investigated the incident, which didn’t lead to any arrests or charges against the four players originally suspended. Claeys reinstated the four players the day after the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office declined to press charges.

“This is a malicious misuse of taxpayer funds,” Hutton said Friday. “My clients have already been investigated and cleared.”

The restraining orders against Tamarion Johnson and Djam became public Wednesday.

Hardin, Buford, and Dior Johnson were served Friday morning, according to court records.

The five players will appear in court Tuesday morning, Hutton said.

Claeys declined to comment after a Wednesday practice after the restraining orders against Tamarion Johnson and Djam were made public.

Hardin has started all three games he has played in this year. Buford has played in two games.

Johnson has not yet played this season. Djam saw his only playing time with the Gophers on Sept. 10, where he had seven carries for 33 yards.

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