MU's Michael Dixon leaving basketball program

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. has left the University of Missouri's basketball program following allegations of rape.

Team spokesman David Reiter confirmed Dixon was transferring Thursday night.

"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 sent out by the team.

According to the Columbia Missourian, Dixon sent the following text message to a friend earlier in the day: "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 also texted that he has never harmed anyone.

Dixon was indefinitely suspended from the team since Oct. 26 for a "violation of team rules." News broke this week that he was accused of raping a fellow student in August, but he was never charged.

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Columbia police closed the investigation Nov. 16.

41 Action News reached out to the university and the school's athletic department, but no one would confirm whether Dixon's suspension was related to the allegations.

The Missourian also reports of an earlier rape accusation against Dixon in 2010. The alleged victim, who worked in MU's athletic department, declined to press charges because she didn't want her family to know or deal with backlash from fans.

A nurse who examined the woman reportedly said that based on the injuries sustained, she believed force was involved.

41 Action News requested the police report for the 2010 incident, and received only two pages of an 11-page document. The university said the rest of the report is a closed record because it does not meet the definition of "inactive" found in Missouri law.

There is no statute of limitations for rape in Missouri. If the victim in this case does decide to press charges, prosecutors could still consider the evidence tied to her allegations.

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