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Players Suspended at WT

Three West Texas A & M football players are off the team tonight while they're under investigation for rape accusations. As NewsChannel 10's Julia Bagg explains, some consider the case a defeat for all WT athletes.

Three football players are missing from the practice field indefinitely.

"I felt it was necessary to suspend them pending the outcome of this investigation," says Michael McBroom, the Athletic Director for WTAMU.

The investigation centers on Jones Hall, where police say at least one of the suspect football players lived. That's also where a freshman told police she was sexually assaulted Sunday. Some fellow athletes say suspension was the right thing to do.

"It's a shame when something like this happens because it makes us athletes look bad, they might think wrong of us, but hopefully everything turns out okay," says Renee Gomez, a soccer player for WT. 

"Certainly you're disappointed when something like this occurs and you have to take away one of the things that they're passionate about, which is playing sports, because of some decisions that they made which may or may not have them in trouble," says McBroom.

None of the players in question have been arrested, and McBroom says he's waiting for a final report from campus police, to decide their football future.

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