Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino has updated the press about currently suspended player Reggie Lynch. A player for the Golden Gophers, Lynch is suspended until August 1, 2020 due to sexual misconduct.
Pitino said on Tuesday that the maligned talent has rejoined the team for practices.
This isn’t going to sit well with most people.
An investigation by Minnesota’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office found Lynch was “responsible” for an April 28, 2016 “sexual misconduct incident.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Lynch has gotten in trouble for horrific behavior.
In May 2016, Lynch was arrested for a sexual assault that also took place in his dorm room. For the sake of clarity, the police declined to press charges, citing a lack of evidence. The university, which did an investigation, cleared him as well.
While a lot of the information in regard to Lynch’s past falls in the scuttlebutt category, sexual assault victim advocate Abby Honold has gone on the record stating that she’s spoken to “numerous” women who have fallen victim to his behavior.
As for Minnesota itself, the university keeps finding itself in the middle of sexual misconduct scandals. Three basketball players were suspended in 2016 for tweeting out a video of a threesome, and the other was about the football program’s gang-rape debacle.
Bluntly put: This is an awful look for the university.