As police investigate a possible sexual assault, three unnamed Michigan State football players and one coach were suspended Thursday.

The sexaul assault was reported in late January, and the players being investigated have been removed from their dorms and are barred from any team activities.

As you can tell, the details of this situation are pretty vague at this point. However, we do know at this point that the case is currently being handled by the school police department. If it’s determined that charges should be filed, the case will be forwarded to the county and a prosecutor.

Aside from that, questions about the school’s handling of this situation from a Title IX standpoint have been questioned:

The school also announced it has sought the services of an “external law firm” to look into whether the football staff followed school policy; a separate Title IX consultant, Rebecca Veidlinger, was also hired to investigate whether any staff or students violated the school’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct policy.

Recently, the only time we’ve heard about Michigan State football players off the field was when a former Spartan corner was slapped by MSU alum Draymond Green in 2016.

Like we said, this story is very much in its early stages. Check back with us for other developments.

[Deadspin]

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