The offseason imbroglio at Michigan State has taken yet another twist.
Tuesday, three MSU football players, wide receiver Donnie Corley, defensive end Josh King and defensive back Demetric Vance, were charged with felony criminal sexual misconduct in connection to an alleged January incident at an off-campus apartment. Not long after, the trio was dismissed.
During a radio interview, MSU board member Mitch Lyons claimed it was Auston Robertson who brought the allegations to the attention of head coach Mark Dantonio.
“When Auston Robertson came into his office for a regularly weekly meeting, Coach D asked him the regular questions he typically asks him, and then he became a little emotional and didn’t even go into details,” Lyons told WBBL-FM in Grand Rapids by way of mlive.com. “He alluded to the fact that something happened, and Coach D had a sense that it involved some sort of sexual allegation, and he immediately said ‘Don’t say anything more.'”
That narrative falls in line with the results of an external investigation commissioned by the university in the wake of the scandals to determine whether athletic department officials, including Dantonio, handled the allegations properly. From the website:
That report, released this week, stated that an unnamed player became emotional during a January meeting with Dantonio, and said “I had to get her out of there. She is my friend.”
The report states Dantonio, at that point, stopped the meeting and contacted Michigan State’s Office of Institutional Equity. The report found that Dantonio fully complied with university policy.
The twist as it relates to Robertson? In April, Robertson was charged with felony criminal sexual misconduct in connection to an incident separate and unrelated to the one he reported to Dantonio.
On the same day Robertson was charged, he was dismissed from the Spartans football program.