2 Ohio State football players dismissed from team over rape, kidnapping charges

Posted at 6:30 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 17:59:21-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio State University football players were dismissed from the team Wednesday after police announced they had been charged with rape and kidnapping.

Police charged defensive players Amir I. Riep, a Colerain High School graduate, and Jahsen L. Wint, both 21, late Tuesday, The Columbus Dispatch reported.They are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning.

The alleged victim told police she was hanging out with Riep at an apartment he shares with Wint on Feb. 4, when they began to engage in consensual sex, according to an affidvait. The woman stopped and told Riep she didn't want to continue. Wint then entered the room and asked if he could join.

Wint then grabbed the woman by her neck and raped her, she said in the affidavit. Riep held the woman down with his body while Wint forced oral sex. The woman pushed Wint away, according to the affidavit, but he again forced her to have oral sex.

After several minutes they stopped, and Riep told the woman that she needed to say what happened was “consensual on a video recording while laughing at her," according to the affidavit. Riep then told the woman she needed to shower before driving her back to her home.

Couch Ryan Day announced Wednesday afternoon both were off the team.

"I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football program," he wrote in a statement. "I am not making any statement on the criminal charges, but it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations. The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to the health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I will not be commenting further."

Riep is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback entering his senior season for Ohio State's top-5 football program, while Wint is a 6-foot, 198-pound redshirt senior safety, according to court documents and the university's athletics website.