According to a report published by ESPN, indefinitely suspended redshirt freshmen Katerian LeGrone and Andre Hunt both face a two-and-a-half year suspension for violating the university’s sexual misconduct policies.
Hunt and LeGrone were both suspended from the team on Aug. 26, according to ESPN. Nebraska offensive coordinator Troy Walters announced the suspension on Aug. 28.
“I don’t want to get into that,” Walters said when asked for a reasoning. “We’re going to handle it in-house so I don’t want to comment on that right now.”
Head coach Scott Frost declined to comment on the situation a day later and there has been no mention of the two since.
A source familiar with the situation told Hail Varsity the two men are still enrolled at UNL.
The ESPN report cites a police report obtained by Outside the Lines that details an Aug. 25 incident at their off-campus apartment. The report states that the “greater weight of the evidence” supported that the two men “engaged in sexual assault and sexual harassment.” As of Dec. 4, according to ESPN, they had seven university business days to file an appeal or request administrative resolution. If neither is filed in those seven days, the suspension becomes final.
The woman involved reported the incident to the Lincoln Police Department the night it happened, according to ESPN, sent text messages to friends before the alleged rape occured saying she felt “uncomfortable” and “too scared to say no,” and text messages “immediately” after the actions that alleged she had been raped.
The university's investigation report states that the first respondent, Hunt, said he invited the woman over to his apartment via SnapChat and told her he wanted to have sex. The woman said she told Hunt she didn't want to have sex with him, and that he agreed they could just hang out, according to the report. Hunt said it was clear he invited her over to have sex, according to the report. The woman provided text messages with her mom in which she expresses concerns about going to Hunt's apartment and what his intentions were, and that she was "not doing that," according to the report.
According to the report, Hunt, LeGrone and the woman each said Hunt and LeGrone had sex with her; however, they disagreed as to whether the sex was consensual. For example, the woman said that, at one point, Hunt put a blanket over her head to obstruct her view of LeGrone, according to the report. LeGrone said he asked if he could join in sexual activity with the woman, and that she said, "OK," but Hunt contradicted his teammate and told the investigator LeGrone did not ask to have sex with her, according to the report.
The investigation's findings included that the evidence supported that Hunt touched, digitally penetrated the woman and made her have oral sex without her consent, and that both men had sex with her without her consent, according to the report.
When reached for comment, LeGrone’s attorney, Kaz Long, said his client maintains his innocence and said they were still discussing whether to attempt to appeal the suspension or seek a transfer to a different university.
Hunt’s attorney, Carlos A. Monzon, could not be reach for comment by the time of publication, but did provide this statement to ESPN: “This is a clear case of institutional racism. A young man that has done nothing wrong versus a university that has denied him even the statement of those who accuse him. Parents should be afraid and mindful of the institutions we entrust our children to.”
Hunt, a 6-foot, 190-pound receiver from Palm Dale, California, appeared in two games in 2018 without catching a pass. LeGrone, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end, made three appearances in 2018. He caught one pass.