MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Quintez Cephus, one of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten, announced a leave of absence from Wisconsin football.Cephus announced that he has been charged with an unspecified crime, after a three month investigation. The investigation stems from an alleged incident that occurred in April.Cephus did not go into much detail about what he is being accused of. He did say it stems from a “consensual relationship.”Here is the full statement released by Wisconsin football’s Quintez Cephus.He tweeted the statement moments ago.“Late yesterday afternoon, my lawyers informed me that the Dane County District Attorney’s office intends on issuing unspecified charges against me for an incident that occurred in April of this year. I have been wrongfully accused of unlawful and I am innocent of any allegations associated with this consensual relationship.Coincidentally as the football season approaches, the three plus month investigation is now leading to unwarranted charges. I am now forced to take a leave of absence from the team in order to focus all of my attention on clearing my name. My football family has been supportive to me and I have too much respect for Coach Chryst, his staff and my teammates to become a distraction in what I know will be an outstanding year for the Badgers.I realize that I don’t have the relationships and political pull that others may have here at the University or with the Dane County District Attorney’s office, but I am going to find to clear my name of these allegations. As an Academic All Big 10 selection and an Honorable Mention All Big 10 receiver, I look forward to resuming both my academic and athletic careers in the near future.I will not be defined by these allegations or this episode. I have great hope in my future and know that My Lord and Savior uses all situations for his good.”Cephus went for 501 yards and six touchdowns last season for the run-oriented Badgers.Wisconsin opens the season against Western Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 31.
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