WHEATON, Ill. — The attorney of one player who has surrendered to authorities, Noah Spielman, said there have been two investigations that exonerated his client–one by Wheaton College the other by the NCAA but the NCAA told WGN that’s not necessarily so.
While two of five Wheaton college football players accused of hazing have turned themselves in to Wheaton police and are free on bail, three have not.
Kyle Kregel and Spielman surrendered to authorities Tuesday.
According to the warrants against them, in March of 2016 they restrained a freshman, then a fellow football player, with duct tape, beat him, attempted to sodomize him and left him half naked with two torn shoulders on a baseball field.
Officially, they are charged with battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.
The players were suspended from the team Tuesday which is prompting many people on social media and elsewhere to ask why only now was that happening.
That despite the Christian college’s own internal investigation that had found that, “this incident was entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with the values we share as human beings…deeply troubling…the college has an anti-hazing policy that required signatures.”
WGN attempted to learn more on who signed off on allowing three of the five athletes to play as recently as this past Saturday in Wheaton College’s win over Carthage.
A spokesman for the college declined WGN’s offer for an on camera interview. Instead, they replied by email and said, “We are not currently doing interviews. I refer you to our previous statement.”
Late Wednesday afternoon, WGN reached out to the NCAA to confirm Sutter’s claim that its investigation exonerated his client a spokesman for the NCAA said it does not investigate hazing incidents and that the responsibility rests with the school.
The victims now attends college in Indiana.
Wheaton College said it took corrective actions after the case was investigated.
The Chicago Tribune reports that included community service and an eight-page essay.