Gophers basketball player arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

As of Monday afternoon, junior Reggie Lynch had yet to be charged but remained in Hennepin County jail.

Jackie Renzetti

A University of Minnesota men’s basketball player was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual assault and is being held in Hennepin County Jail.

Reggie Lynch was arrested by officers from the University of Minnesota Police Department Sunday afternoon on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct at his apartment. As of Monday afternoon, Lynch had yet to be formally charged and was being held without bail in Hennepin County Jail, according to county records.

In an emailed statement, the University’s Athletics Department said Lynch has been “suspended from all team activities indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Lynch, a 21-year-old University junior, previously played for Edina High School and transferred to the University from Illinois State University in 2015. He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

In an April blog post last month, head coach Richard Pitino said that he expected Lynch to be a “difference maker” in the 2016-17 season.

Lynch is one of five University basketball players that have faced suspensions or criminal charges within the last two years.

Last August, former University player Daquein NcNeil pleaded guilty to third-degree assault charges. He was charged in November 2014 with felony assault and domestic assault for allegedly strangling and beating his girlfriend. The domestic assault charge was dropped, and McNeil did not serve jail time for the felony assault charge. 

Pitino announced in April that sophomore Kevin Dorsey would transfer from the school, following a suspension from the team after a sexually explicit video was posted on his social media accounts. Sophomore Nate Mason and Freshman Dupree McBrayer were also suspended for a team rule violation, though it is unclear whether they were involved in the video.

Other than two traffic violations, Minnesota court records show no prior criminal charges for Lynch.