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University of Minnesota reinstates basketball players suspended for sex tape

Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer, and Nate Mason will all be welcomed back next year.

Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer, and Nate Mason will all be welcomed back next year.

Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer, and Nate Mason have been cleared to return to the University of Minnesota men's basketball team next season. All three players were held out of the the final few games of the 2016 schedule after clips from a sex tape were published on social media accounts belonging to Dorsey. 

Dorsey denied he'd posted the clips, which showed a woman having sex with two men. The day after the tapes appeared, Dorsey reported that someone had robbed him of his phone during a trip to the Mall of America. (The clips were quickly deleted, as were the Twitter and Instagram accounts of Dorsey, a freshman.) Bloomington police later confirmed there was video evidence that Dorsey's phone was stolen.

Coach Richard Pitino suspended the players for violating team rules, though he still hasn't directly addressed the salacious details of the story. He didn't respond to a Pioneer Press request for comment, and the Minnesota Daily got its confirmation of the players' return from a department spokesman.

Fans and media members who saw the tape have indicated that Dorsey was one of the men depicted; McBrayer's and Mason's role in the events remain unclear. A statement at the time from Dorsey's family to the Pioneer Press said that the freshman had gone through "a great deal of stress and embarrassment" over the matter, and was "fully committed" to the basketball program.

Mason, a guard, was the leading scorer and assist man for the Gophers last season, though those contributions came on one of the worst squads in school history. At one point last season, Minnesota lost 14 straight games, most of those coming in Big Ten play.

The team avoided a historically bad record with a late-season upset over Maryland, and a win against Rutgers. Following the suspensions, the Gophers lost their last four games of the season.