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Wheaton Football Players Reportedly Face Felony Charges in Teammate Hazing

Wheaton Football Players Reportedly Face Felony Charges in Teammate Hazing

The son of former Detroit Lions linebacker Chris Spielman is among five players on an IL college football team wanted by police for questioning following an alleged hazing incident previous year.

Given the allegations, the word hazing is way too nice of a characterization to use.

The victim, whose name has not been published by the Chicago Tribune, told investigators that he was just watching television in his dorm room on March 19, 2016, when his teammates barged in and tackled him. They then told the victim he was being kidnapped by Muslims who wanted to have sex with goats and that he would be their "goat' for the night". They patted his foot and suggested he would be their "goat" for the evening, the records said.

The student said his teammates then pulled down his shorts and underwear before repeatedly trying to use an unidentified object to sodomise him.

Police chief Jim Volpe says the freshman player who was targeted reported the incident right after it allegedly happened in March of 2016.

The players drove to a park located off campus and carried the freshman onto a baseball diamond, according to his account.

The victim was dropped off half-naked and without his mobile phone at an off-campus baseball field, but was later driven back to campus by classmates after a second player was dumped there. He was left in a field off campus, half-naked and suffering from muscle tears to both shoulders.




The victim, who the Tribune is not naming, left the conservative Christian school in IL shortly after the incident and now attends college in Indiana.

The Chicago Tribune reports Noah Spielman, James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Benjamin Pettway and Samuel TeBos were expected to turn themselves into police this week on charges of aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. He is the son of former NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman, who now works as a football analyst for Fox Sports.

The school said it was "deeply troubled" by the charges.

Spielman, Pettway, and Kregel are all still on the football team's roster, and played in Saturday's game against Carthage College.

According to multiple reports five members of the varsity football team for the conservative Christian school Wheaton College have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint after terrorizing a freshman football player a year ago in a deplorable hazing incident. The school said it hired a third party to investigate the allegation a year ago and took "corrective actions", but officials declined to provide details on any punishment, citing federal privacy laws. We are unable to share details on these disciplinary measures due to federal student privacy protections.

The College has fully cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation.


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