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Minnesota suspends 3 men's basketball players after 'sexually explicit' video surfaces on social media

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The Gophers' hard season takes another turn for the worst.

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Minnesota basketball suspended three players for the remainder of the season on Tuesday after a video described as "sexually explicit" by the Chicago Tribune emerged on Instagram and Twitter.

Gophers guard Kevin Dorsey posted a clip to the two social networks on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which notes the video was later removed. Head coach Richard Pitino suspended Dorsey along with teammates Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer. The Associated Press said Monday none of the players were under criminal investigation.

"We do our best to continue to consistently teach, educate and serve all of our student-athletes. It's a privilege to be a member of the University of Minnesota basketball program, something as a coaching staff we do not take lightly and that we stress daily to our student-athletes," Pitino said in a team-issued statement. "In this instance, these student-athletes failed to meet the standards we have set."

Two weeks ago the team dismissed senior guard Carlos Morris for "conduct detrimental to the team," and former athletic director Norwood Teague stepped down in the summer after sending a series of graphic and sexually tinged text messages to university employees and also allegedly harassing a female reporter.

Dorsey and McBrayer are freshmen, while Mason is a sophomore. All three play guard for the Gophers, who have games against Wisconsin and Rutgers before the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis this month.