Our KELOLAND News investigation continues into the two University of South Dakota football players facing rape charges.
Danny Rambo Jr. is facing 2nd degree rape charges and Dale Williamson Jr. is facing attempted 2nd degree rape charges.
Both men are out on bond, but tonight there are stories swirling around USD about who bailed them out of the Clay County Jail.
We've been asked about those rumors at USD. A message ended up in the KELOLAND News Investigates tip folder:
"They were released from jail on bond, and that the football team posted the bail," the tip said.
Here's what we know. Both players were arrested Monday. Williamson Jr. posted bond on Monday and was released Tuesday according to court documents. Rambo Jr.'s bond was posted on Tuesday and he was released the same day.
We talked to Clay County Sherrif Andy Howe about this and he says we weren't the first to ask.
We can confirm that a company called Speedy Release posted the bond. However, when KELOLAND Investigates reached out to the company to see who paid for it - they said that's confidential.
We also talked to USD athletics. When asked if any university or athletics money was used to bail out the players?
A spokesperson simply said "no."
The spokesperson also said "I have no knowledge of how players choose to spend their money."
KELOLAND News has also learned that Rambo Jr., Williamson Jr. and a third player remain suspended for violating team rules. They will not be playing in Saturday's game at University of Northern Iowa.
As we first reported Thursday night. USD is looking at its procedures and taking public input to demonstrate its commitment to ending sexual assault following a KELOLAND News Investigates story and a story from USD's student newspaper The Volante sparked a social media backlash.
It will hold a town hall meeting with student government and the dean of students on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. We now know it will be held in Farber Hall located in the Old Main building on-campus.
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