Minnesota's Reggie Lynch 'categorically denies' sexual misconduct allegations

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

As of Tuesday, Lynch is allowed to practice but is suspended indefinitely from playing in games - including a third allegation surfacing later Tuesday - play out. The EOAA recommended a suspension for Lynch and a ban from campus until 2020 in a ruling announced late last week.

Their decision came a day after the EOAA notified two women of findings that Lynch was responsible in their two separate sexual assault allegations from April 2016.

In the case that the Pioneer Press first reported on Tuesday, EOAA documents found misconduct following an April 7 incident in an off-campus location.

Lynch, meanwhile, has not decided on whether he will continue challenging the school's findings-or even whether he will still attend school at the University of Minnesota or play basketball with the team. That committee, which holds closed-door hearings, can either affirm or reverse the recommendations of suspension and expulsion. "The SSMS proceedings are not public".

Hutton and Pacyga were involved with the 10 Gophers football players in last year's case of an alleged sexual assault. "In both instances", Ryan Pacyga said Wednesday.

"I think, what I have to operate on, is Reggie Lynch is falsely accused and if you want to put a label on it you're welcome to put a label on it", he said.

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While speaking to media Wednesday, Pacyga said he is "afraid for" Lynch and his other clients in light of the #MeToo movement, and expressed concern about "stale accusations" for which there is no possibility of gathering physical evidence.

Pacyga wouldn't provide details but called it a "she said, he said" situation made more hard because the allegations were made months after the incidents and key evidence is no longer available.

Pacyga lamented the university's investigative process and the lack of evidence against Lynch, adding that he has been "robbed" of the opportunity to be exonerated because of 18-month lag in filing the complaints.

Via rape survivor and activist Abby Honold, a former University of Minnesota student, the victim in that alleged incident released a statement blasting Pacyga for a violation of privacy. "Lynch is indicating that there was no sexual contact whatsoever", Pacyga said Wednesday.

Richard Pitino's message in a team meeting this week was all about getting his players to believe they had enough talent left without starters Reggie Lynch and Amir Coffey to reach their goal of making the NCAA tournament.

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