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Xavier Foster off Iowa State men's basketball team amid sexual assault investigation

Court records show Foster was the subject of a June 2021 search warrant regarding a reported sexual assault off-campus in October 2020.

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger said Wednesday that a variety of factors led to Xavier Foster's abrupt dismissal.

"What I can say in regards to that topic is that it wasn't one thing or a couple things that led to it, it's more of a combination over time," Otzelberger said while speaking about the issue for the first time publicly at the team's annual media day. "And like we said in our statement, standards and accountability are important in our program, and that's that's all I'll say on that on that topic."

The Cyclones announced on Oct. 8 that Foster was no longer a member of the program.

Court records show Foster was the subject of a June 2021 search warrant from the Ames Police Department regarding a reported sexual assault off-campus in October 2020. A woman said she was sexually assaulted by Foster after attending a party.

The woman submitted a sexual assault kit at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. DNA swabs were collected from Foster's left and right cheeks.

No criminal charges have been filed, and Ames PD says the case is an "ongoing investigation."

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