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Gophers football team dismisses freshman Max Janes after he allegedly assaulted police officer

The University of Minnesota football program on Feb. 15, 2019, dismissed freshman player Max Janes immediately after learning he was facing charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer, a university spokesperson confirmed to the Pioneer Press. He is shown here in a 2018 photo at the Minnesota State Fair. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)

The University of Minnesota football program dismissed freshman player Max Janes immediately after learning he was facing charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer, a U spokesperson confirmed.

Janes, an 18-year-old from Arden Hills, was arrested by Minneapolis police and jailed early Feb. 8. He faces a fourth-degree felony assault charge for “demonstrable harm” of a police officer. He was released from the Hennepin County jail on Monday, with a court appearance scheduled Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court, police were dispatched to the main post office in downtown Minneapolis at 12:39 a.m. Feb. 8 on a welfare check.

Officers found Janes loitering outside the post office and observed him attempt to get inside a loading dock when a garage door opened. Police said he was intoxicated and “substantially underdressed” for the subzero temperature. When officers put Janes in the squad car, he told them he needed to vomit.

According to the complaint, officers opened the door for him. Janes got out of the car and punched one of the officers in the face. He fought with the officers until he was restrained and transported to jail.

A statement from Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck was shared on Friday, Feb. 15.

“We have extremely high standards for members of our team and when those standards are not met there are consequences,” he said. “The behavior exhibited in this situation is completely unacceptable and contradictory to the culture we are creating. Law enforcement officers speak to our team and educate them multiple times a year, and we greatly appreciate those who protect and serve us on a daily basis.”

Janes, a walk-on from Mounds View High School, played in all 13 games on special teams in 2018. He made one tackle in a 21-14 win over Fresno State in September.