Badgers' Quintez Cephus takes leave from team


Wisconsin starting wide receiver Quintez Cephus on Monday was charged with felony sexual assault of an intoxicated victim and felony sexual assault stemming from an incident in April. Cephus called the charges "unlawful" and added "I have been wrongfully accused of unlawful conduct and I am innocent of any allegations associated with this consensual relationship". The charges were filed by the Dane County district attorney and Madison police said Cephus is accused of assaulting the two women on April 22.

Cephus, 20, met with police and was cooperative in providing a statement.

Per court records, Cephus is facing a pair of sexual assault charges and is due in court later this week.

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Cephus said he was taking a leave of absence from the team on Saturday, posting a tweet that he believed prosecutors meant to file criminal charges against him stemming from an incident in April involving what he called a "consensual relationship". He informed coach Paul Chryst on Saturday about his decision to take a leave of absence.

"Cephus is suspended from competition and practice pending the availability of further information relating to his case", Wisconsin said in a statement.

Cephus, who is from Macon, Georgia, is healthy again after breaking his right leg last November. The school's inquiry will begin immediately, and Cephus would remain on scholarship with access to both academic and training services and facilities. He still finished first on the team with six touchdown catches and second among its receivers with 30 receptions in nine games before he was injured. They open the season against Western Kentucky on August 31.