Bronco Beat

Two Boise State football players expelled from school will appeal

Marquis Hendrix and Donzale Roddie
Marquis Hendrix and Donzale Roddie

The two Boise State football players expelled from the university following a sexual assault investigation intend to formally appeal the ruling, their parents said Wednesday.

Linebacker Marquis Hendrix and cornerback Donzale Roddie were expelled May 25 following a Title IX investigation into a sexual misconduct claim by the same woman. Both redshirted last season.

Safety Darreon Jackson was given a one-year suspension. The Idaho Statesman left messages for Jackson’s father, Tony Murphy, but it was not returned.

On National Signing Day 2015, current Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos and former defensive backs coach Julius Brown spoke about recruits Marquis Hendrix, Donzale Roddie and Darreon Jackson. All three have been the focus of a Title IX

Boise State, which said it does not comment on ongoing cases, had set a June 5 deadline for appeals to be made. Hendrix’s father, Jack, said new statements were introduced, and he was told a decision is expected in the next three or four weeks. Jack Hendrix said paperwork was set to arrive in Boise on Wednesday, while Myeisha Greenwood, Roddie’s mother, said theirs was sent Tuesday.

“It’s been hard on him, he’s embarrassed, felt like he didn’t do anything wrong, and we’re trying help him get back up,” Greenwood said.

No criminal charges have been made in the case. In incidents Aug. 19, Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 of last year, the victim said she was forced into performing oral sex on Hendrix and Roddie, or in the final incident, on a recruit during his official visit after coercion from Hendrix and Jackson. The investigation began in February after the woman provided specific names and details.

All three players took part in spring practices and are still listed on Boise State’s roster on its website. Returning players began summer workouts Tuesday, but Hendrix and Roddie remained near home in Florida and California, respectively.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_southorn

  Comments