Spartan Nation has previously reported that three Spartan football players are suspended pending an investigation into sexual assault claim. One key member of Mark Dantonio’s staff was suspended as well. Since our first report Michigan State has confirmed to Spartan Nation that the unnamed non on field coach suspended was Curtis Blackwell.
Blackwell serves Dantonio as his football program's director of college advancement and performance. Blackwell is a key player in Dantonio’s operation. An important observation with Blackwell is that he is directly accountable to Dantonio as his direct supervisor.
Today we know that the Michigan State police have submitted requests to the Ingham County Prosecutors office (ICPO) requesting warrants be issued for the three young men in the case. Once the warrants are made public, the names will be revealed. It is important to report that Blackwell is NOT included in the request for a warrant.
Scott Hughes from the ICPO issued this statement to Spartan Nation:
The MSU Police Department has submitted warrant requests to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, regarding their investigation of an alleged on-campus sexual assault. This incident was addressed by the University in a February 9 announcement.
We anticipate that the MSU Police will submit further evidentiary materials later today. Following this, the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office will review all of the available evidence and information and make a review decision in the short-term future. –
While the statement from the ICPO does not specifically address the warrant requests for three MSU football players, it does address the previous MSU statement from February 9, 2017. That statement does. READ ABOUT IT HERE!
On Wednesday Spartan Nation was told by a source connected to law enforcement that the request to the ICPO would go out, “Probably on Friday.” That would make it appear that the time line is moving faster than anticipated.
Stay tuned to Spartan Nation for the latest. It is IMPERATIVE in our American judicial process to remember that EVERYONE IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY in a court of law.