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REPORT: Three Spartans Players Dismissed After Arrest Warrants Issued For Sexual Assault
Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance have each been dismissed from the Michigan State Spartans football team after warrants were signed for their arrest on sexual assault charges.
King has been charged with first- and third-degree sexual assault as well as capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person, while Corley and Vance were hit with third-degree sexual assault charges. The incident took place on January 16, 2017 at an on-campus apartment.
According to reports, King knew the victim and had been talking to before pulling her into the bathroom of the apartment and forcing her to perform sexual acts. He also invited his two teammates into the bathroom separately, and forced the victim to perform oral sex on them as well.
Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio issued the following statement (via Land of 10):
“With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately.
“When we choose student-athletes to come to MSU, we enter into a relationship with them and their families, and we welcome them into ours. We emphasize that success on the field is not enough, as I made clear when all three individuals were suspended four months ago upon us learning of the allegations. They also must embrace our core principles, which include integrity, respect and accountability. The individuals in this case put themselves in a compromising position and did not live up to the standards we have outlined for our program.
“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.
“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program. The high standards I have established for this program will not change, and the values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. I expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflect the ideals of this university.”