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Friday, January 9, 2004
QB lost scholarship for pre-Fiesta Bowl acts

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson apologized Friday for his conduct the night before last week's Fiesta Bowl.

"I apologize for breaking the team curfew rule and for the decisions that followed that night," Roberson said in a statement released by Kansas State. "I had no idea how my decisions that night would affect my teammates and everyone associated with Kansas State University."

Coach Bill Snyder has stripped Roberson of his scholarship for the spring semester and said he would not receive a ring for his participation in the game.

In an open letter released Thursday, Snyder apologized to Kansas State fans and said Roberson and other players he did not identify were being punished for violating unspecified team rules.

Earlier Thursday, the Maricopa County Attorney's office in Phoenix said Roberson would not be charged with any offense involving the 22-year-old woman who said the senior quarterback sexually assaulted her early on New Year's Day at the team's suburban hotel. Roberson acknowledged having sex with the woman but said it was consensual.

"My decision on New Year's Eve caused my team to lose focus on what we were there to do just two days later -- win a football game," Roberson said.

No. 7 Ohio State beat No. 8 Kansas State 35-28 on Jan. 2.