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Sport Xavier Foster no longer on Iowa State basketball team; police say he's 'target' of sexual assault investigation

03:45  09 october  2021
03:45  09 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Xavier Foster is no longer a member of the Iowa State men’s basketball team, school officials said Friday afternoon.

“We hold our program to high standards and there are expectations that our student-athletes be accountable both on and off the court,” coach T.J. Otzelberger said in a Friday afternoon statement. “After much consideration, I have decided that this is necessary as we continue to build our culture.”

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The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman from Oskaloosa is the “target” of a sexual assault investigation, the Des Moines Register has learned. He has not been charged with a crime.

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Ames police were called to Mary Greeley Medical Center around 5:40 p.m. Oct. 11, 2020, to investigate a reported sexual assault.  An 18-year-old female said she was assaulted sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. that morning while attending a party at an Ames apartment.

A search warrant naming Foster was executed in June, and Foster’s DNA was collected through cheek swabs.

“He is the target of the investigation,” Ames police spokesperson Jason Tuttle said of Foster.

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When asked about the eight-month gap between the alleged incident and obtaining Foster’s DNA, Tuttle said: “I can’t talk specifics, but oftentimes when we investigate cases, victims steer the ship. Sometimes they may want to wait to make decisions. It’s all led by how the victim wants to handle it."

Foster had not been practicing with the team under first-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

"He hasn’t been available for practice yet, due to some medical and health things that I probably can’t discuss, unfortunately," Otzelberger told a handful of reporters Tuesday.

Foster arrived at Iowa State with much fanfare as a four-star recruit, picking Iowa State and then-coach Steve Prohm over offers from Iowa, Baylor, Providence and Virginia Tech.

Surgery on his foot during his freshman year limited him to just seven games last season — each game happening after the alleged assault.

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Keeping Foster in the program after Prohm was fired was considered a major win at the time for Otzelberger, giving him a talented, young, in-state player to start building a foundation in remaking the team.

Travis Hines covers Iowa State University sports for the Des Moines Register and Ames Tribune. Contact him at thines@amestrib.com. Follow him at @TravisHines21.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been writing for the Des Moines Register for parts of six decades. Reach him at rpeterson@dmreg.com and on Twitter at @RandyPete.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Xavier Foster no longer on Iowa State basketball team; police say he's 'target' of sexual assault investigation

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