USC defensive end Don Hill has been sent home by the team amid an accusation that he was involved with a teammate in an alleged sexual assault, just as the Trojans finish preparing for their season opener against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday night.
The university announced Friday that Hill was sent home “for a violation of team rules.” The 20th-ranked Trojans will take on the top-ranked Crimson Tide at ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
According to details in a search warrant and affidavit obtained by ESPN from Los Angeles Superior Court, Hill is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his off-campus apartment on July 15. The investigation also involves USC linebacker Osa Masina, who practiced earlier this week but was not allowed to travel to Texas for the game. Masina also is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault in his home state of Utah.
In the court documents, Masina is accused of providing the woman Xanax, alcohol and marijuana and raping her inside Hill’s apartment. Hill also is alleged to have raped the woman. Neither Masina nor Hill have been arrested or charged.
USC announced on Tuesday that Masina would not travel with the team for its opener. At that time, Trojans coach Clay Helton did not provide a specific reason, only that it was for “a violation of team rules.”
Masina also is accused of videotaping himself committing the alleged assault and sharing it with the woman’s former boyfriend on social media, according to the warrant.
Masina appeared in 12 games as a true freshman in 2015 and finished with 25 tackles. He returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown in the first game of the season.
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura contributed to this report.