Not surprisingly, two former Nebraska football players have found themselves s former students as well.
Citing a document obtained by ESPN, Paula Lavigne is reporting that redshirt freshmen Andre Hunt and Katerian LeGrone have been expelled from the University of Nebraska. The expulsion was effective April 3 of this year.
In late August of last year, Nebraska confirmed that the two football players, Hunt, a wide receiver, and LeGrone, a tight end, had been indefinitely suspended by the program for unspecified reasons. A little over three months later, it was reported that both of the players have been “found to have violated the school’s sexual misconduct policies and face a 2½-year suspension from the university.”
The extended suspension stemmed from an alleged rape of an NU student on Aug. 25 and, even as a police investigation remained open, no criminal charges had been filed. There was a development on the legal front in mid-December, though, as LeGrone and Hunt were arrested on one count of suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and one count of suspicion of aiding and abetting first-degree sexual assault, respectively, even as neither had been formally charged at the time.
Yet another disturbing development surfaced around that same time as local media reported that an additional six sexual assault reports have been filed with the Lincoln Police Department that “are connected to either one or both of the former Husker players accused of sexual misconduct.” Four of the new reports involved non-consensual sexual penetration, three of which were designated as rape, while two included allegations of inappropriate touching of private parts.
“The additional six reports date back to the summer of 2018, with three of the alleged assaults occurring in the same UNL dorm room,” the Omaha World-Herald wrote.
As it relates to the incident that resulted in their arrests, Hunt and LeGrone have claimed that any sexual activity was consensual. The alleged victim claimed it was non-consensual.
Hunt’s hearing on the two sexual assault charges was continued from April to May. LeGrone’s hearing is scheduled for June. Whether those court appearances go off as planned is uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In early December, Hunt and LeGrone entered the NCAA transfer database. An attorney for Hunt, Carlos Monzon, told ESPN that his client is “already at a different university, and he’s playing.” Monzon declined to specify to which school Hunt had transferred. LeGrone, meanwhile, is still listed in the portal.
A three-star 2018 signee, Hunt appeared in just two games as a true freshman and didn’t catch a pass. Because he played in four or fewer games, he was able to use a redshirt for that season. Prior to the suspension, he had been running with the first-team offense.
Legrone, also a three-star 2018 signee, caught one pass in three games for the Cornhuskers last season