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