These suspended players will be gone, 5 of them are facing expulsion. Minnesota’s had sexual harassment issues from their last AD. They were always going to take this seriously.
I always get suspicious of rape whenever there’s a situation at a party when a bunch of guys have sex with the same girl. Not to say these things can’t happen but there’s already a fine line when people are drunk regarding sexual consent, adding more people to the mix makes the line even finer. Maybe this woman consented to sex with the first man (she denies she did), but what about the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th? Add in alcohol and a room of guys recording like 90 seconds of video, and the situation becomes incredibly difficult to piece together.
It is especially hard work for the DA when you have 1 person saying rape and another group of people sticking up for each other saying no rape (all of whom are witnesses). Together with alcohol, it becomes not only a tough case to try but also win.
It is hard for me to discredit this potential victim too. She filed restraining orders against players, she went right to police, she cooperated with university and police investigstions. This is how I would expect a victim to act in the event of being raped. She is now bearing the brunt of this boycott in a situation where she may very well have been raped and wronged herself. People are blaming her for the issues with the football team now. It is very troubling.
I always raise an eyebrow at accusations of rape culture in the USA, but it’s easy to see why victims don’t come forward as much as we would like when you see situations unfold like this.