The University of South Carolina (USC) Trojans have cut ties with linebacker Osa Masina following a police investigation on an alleged rape charge. Rumors are swirling that Masina has also been banned from entering the school premises due to the incident.
The Daily Trojan reported that the ban came after the sophomore linebacker together with teammate Don Hill were suspended from all football activities. Both Masina and Hill have not yet been charged. But the school does not want to have any ties with them. The two are under investigation for an alleged rape that happened in California and in Utah.
USC's Osa Masina and Don Hill, under investigation for sexual assault, have been barred from all team activities. https://t.co/VPijyzbB92
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TMZ broke the story last month about Masina and Hill, who are both under investigation after a woman surfaced and accused the two of drugging and raping her. The woman narrated that the incident took place at Hill’s apartment in L.A. and claimed that Hill raped her again in Utah sometime later in July.
“He’s now been removed from the school altogether, not just the football team,” Salt Lake City-based attorney Greg Skordas said of Masina. “Aside from not being allowed to practice, he’s not even allowed on the campus.”
Trojans’ head coach Clay Helton explained that both Masina and Hill ‘s suspension is under the University’s guidance. USC, likewise, issued a statement saying that the suspension is to “protect the rights of the students and comply with federal privacy laws.” The school did not further give any details on the matter.
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A warrant issued against Masina on Aug. 25 had police officers collect his iPhone and DNA samples. He was then suspended from their season opener on Aug. 29. Hill, however, traveled with the team to Arlington but set home.
Cottonwood Heights Police is working closely with the LAPD on the case and would not give further information until they finish their investigation. Despite being a sophomore, Masina is number two on the Trojan’s depth chart. Masina made 25 tackles in 12 games last year.