Charlie Strong said this week he would suspend the two players being investigated for sexual assault if they were criminally charged. Texas' coach followed through on that promise Thursday, suspending receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander indefinitely from the team. The two were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, on Thursday morning for their involvement in an incident last month at San Jacinto dorm on the UT campus. Here's Strong's full statement: "We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall (Sanders) and Montrel (Meander) since it was brought to our attention. It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that. With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions." 10:15 a.m. update: Updates include comments from Kendall Sanders' attorney, actual details from police documents. A source familiar with the investigation told the American-Statesman both players are to be arrested today. Earlier: University of Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, on Thursday for an incident in the early morning of June 21, the American-Statesman has learned. Sanders is also facing an additional charge of improper photography. It’s unclear when both Sanders and Meander will be arrested, but bail has been set at $75,000 for both players. Sanders has an additional $20,000 bail for the improper photography charge. “It’s a shame that a mere allegation can effect a young man’s life to the extent this will,” said Austin attorney Brian Roark, who represents Sanders. “He is innocent though and eventually, that will be proven.” Montrel Meander’s attorney, Dallas-based Rickey Jones, has not returned phone calls from the Statesman.
Strong indefinitely suspends UT players charged with sexual assault
Statesman | Jul 24