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Michael Dixon to leave Missouri basketball team

A second rape accusation from 2010 surfaced on Thursday.


Senior Michael Dixon reacts to Missouri's 87-86 loss to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. After a second rape accusation surfaced Thurday, Dixon announced he was leaving MU to finish his career at a different university.

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Nov. 30, 2012

Senior guard Michael Dixon announced he would leave the Missouri basketball program Thursday after a police report implicated him in a rape investigation.

Dixon wrote in text messages obtained by the Columbia Missourian, “Yea I’m done here bro I’m not gonna be here anymore another girl my freshman year pulled this ... on me now it’s coming out and everyone is gonna think it’s real so I’m thru bro I appreciate you tho just let as many (people) as u can know.”

He added, “I have never harmed anyone,” in a later message.

The announcement comes after Dixon was linked to two sexual assault investigations, one occurring in January 2010, which surfaced Thursday, and another occurring in August of this year, which surfaced Tuesday.

No charges have been filed against Dixon in either case. Boone County prosecutors deemed the August 2012 case lacked sufficient evidence to charge Dixon and closed the case Nov. 16.

Prosecutors left the January 2010 case open in case the alleged victim, a recent MU graduate and former athletics department employee, wishes to press charges in the future. There is no statute of limitation for rape in Missouri.

According to the offense report for the 2010 incident, the alleged victim said she was afraid of physical retribution from Dixon if charges were filed and did not want her family to know.

Dixon also announced that he would seek to finish his basketball career at another university.

“It’s been a challenging few months and while I appreciate the support of many in the Mizzou community, including my coaches and teammates, it’s in the best interest of me, my family and the University of Missouri for me to finish my career elsewhere,” Dixon said in a statement released by the athletic department. Coach Frank Haith suspended Dixon indefinitely Oct. 26 for what Haith called a "violation of team rules.”

Dixon, a Southeastern Conference preseason second-team honoree, averaged 13.5 points per game as a junior for Tigers and was named AP Sixth Man of the Year in 2012.

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