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Alleged robbery over weekend leads to the arrest of two KU football players

The Jayhawker Towers on the Kansas University campus are pictured on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2010.

The Jayhawker Towers on the Kansas University campus are pictured on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2010.

February 22, 2016, 5:17 p.m. Updated February 22, 2016, 6:35 p.m.

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Two Kansas University football players were arrested on Monday after police said another KU student was robbed.

Around 2:25 a.m. Saturday police responded to a report of a robbery outside Jayhawker Towers, 1603 West 15th St., said Capt. James Anguiano of the KU Public Safety Office. A man there told officers that two men robbed him of his money.

Anguiano would not say how much money was stolen, but KU Public Safety's online activity logs state that the amount was $40.

The two suspects — later identified from the Douglas County Jail booking log as football players Eric Deon Rivers, 20, and Kendall Nyear Duckworth, 19 — were not armed and the man was not injured in the incident, Anguiano said.

Rivers and Duckworth were released from the Douglas County Jail Monday afternoon, according to the jail's booking log.

KU's head football coach, David Beaty, said via email Monday evening: "I am aware of the situation and am in the process of gathering all of the facts. Eric Rivers has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. For the time being, Kendall Duckworth has been suspended from all team activities."

Rivers was also being held Monday on suspicion of sexual battery and criminal restraint, stemming from an alleged incident at Jayhawker Towers on the following day.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday a female KU student told police that Rivers touched her "inappropriately" and attempted to remove her clothing without her consent, Anguiano said.

Further information was not immediately available.

— KU reporter Sara Shepherd contributed to this report.

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