Nov 9, 2013; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; A Florida State Seminoles helmet lays on the sidelines during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Florida State defeated Wake Forest 59-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Football: Teammates involved in Jameis Winston case to remain on team

Two Florida State football players who were involved in the Jameis Winston sexual assault case will not be dismissed from the university or the football team, according to a school statement via SI.com.

Players Chris Casher and Ronald Darby both had to appear before a school disciplinary board facing charges of “conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.” Casher faced the additional charge of “recording of images without consent.”

Winston was not present at the hearing.

The two faced the charges after they told authorities they had witnessed sex between Winston and a woman who later accused the quarterback of sexual assault in December 2012. Casher told police that he recorded a portion of the encounter, but later threw the phone containing the footage away.

The board handed down its ruling on the two players, however details of the decision were not released due to privacy laws.

The accuser’s lawyer, John Clune, released the following statement:

“It was a little surprising that both were not held responsible, but that is the panel’s discretion and she did feel as though the panel took their job seriously. All that our client wanted was for the process to take place and these issues at Florida State not continue to be swept under the rug.”

Both players are now eligible to return to the football field.

Attorneys for the two players had little comment following the ruling, with Darby’s lawyer Tico Gimbel saying, “We’re happy with the decision and he’s happy to put this behind him.”

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