Roberson cleared by K-State
Wildcats quarterback still needs Snyder's OK to play in Fiesta Bowl
Posted: Friday January 2, 2004 5:24PM; Updated: Friday January 2, 2004 5:26PM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas State star Ell Roberson was cleared to play Friday in the Fiesta Bowl, the day after a woman accused the Wildcat quarterback of sexual assault.
Whether Roberson played in Friday night's game against Ohio State was to be a game-time decision by coach Bill Snyder, athletics director Tim Weiser said in a statement.
"A through review of allegations against senior quarterback Ell Roberson has led the university to conclude that no criminal act occurred," Weiser said.
On Thursday, Weiser had criticized police for releasing Roberson's name, even though no charges have been filed.
The Maricopa County attorney will decide whether Roberson will face criminal charges; the woman told police the assault occurred at the team hotel between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Thursday.
Roberson was taken to Paradise Valley, Ariz., police headquarters for questioning. He told police the sex with the woman was consensual, police Lt. Ron Warner said.
Medical tests were conducted but results aren't expected until early next week. A report will be sent to the county attorney to determine if a crime had been committed.
Neither the woman nor Roberson were staying in the room where the incident was said to have occurred at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Warner said.
The hotel's security staff called police at 4:30 a.m. The players had an 11 p.m. curfew Wednesday.
Weiser said Thursday it was unclear whether a curfew violation had occurred. On Friday, his statement did not address the issue.