Minnesota suspends three players for remainder of season

Updated: March 3, 2016
Minnesota suspends three players for remainder of season

Three Minnesota men’s basketball players were suspended over the weekend after a sexually explicit video appeared on one of their social media accounts.

University of Minnesota guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer will be suspended for the remainder of the season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Head coach Richard Pitino suspended the three players following a sexually explicit video appearing on the social media accounts of Dorsey. The clip was posted Friday on Dorsey’s Instagram and Twitter feeds and removed shortly after.

The trio was benched two days later in the Gophers’ game against Illinois.

“After careful and continued consideration, I am suspending Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer for the duration of the season. I believe this is the best thing for the basketball program as we strive to build a strong and respectful culture each and every day. – Richard Pitino

Interim athletic director Beth Goetz said she supported Pitino’s decision following discussions about the status of the three players in the past few days.

“The privilege of representing the University of Minnesota comes with great responsibility, and we hold all of our student-athletes accountable.” – Beth Goetz

Mason, a sophomore, leads Minnesota with 13.8 points per game and 32.6 minutes per game. Dorsey and McBrayer have seen playing time as freshmen. Pitino didn’t speculate about the players’ future statuses.

Nate Mason Sr., Mason’s father, said the three players were suspended for the remainder of the season when a video involving the players engaging in sexual activity with women was put up on Dorsey’s Twitter account. The account was deleted shortly after.

Mason Sr. said his son has had a clean reputation since his high school days, and he didn’t know the video would be posted online. Mason Sr. said Pitino called him prior to Minnesota’s game against Illinois on Sunday to talk about the incident, and warn today’s youth about the potential dangers involved with social media.

Minnesota (8-20, 2-14) plays its final regular season game against Rutgers on Saturday.