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Charges won't be filed against MU women's basketball players

No criminal charges will be pursued against two Missouri women's basketball players over an incident that occurred early Friday morning that resulted in a male cheerleader suffering a broken nose.

Ryan Haigh, Boone County assistant prosecutor, said there were a number of factors that led to that decision, inclulding: "Essentially the statements of those who allegedly witnessed the event varied to a significant degree.

"The vast majority had been drinking.

"Plus we had an alleged victim who doesn’t want to press charges."

The players -- Jessra Johnson and Amanda Hanneman -- admitted to shoving and hitting Justin Short in the early hours of Friday morning. However, they told police they were acting in defense of one of Short's female roommates, alleging that Short was holding her on the ground inside their shared residence with a hand to her throat.

Ultimately, Haigh confirmed, any appearance in court may have boiled down to a he-said, she-said situation.

Plus, Short had told prosecutors he no longer wanted to press charges on what were third-degree misdemeanors.

The basketball players and Short, as of Wednesday afternoon, remained on indefinite suspension pending further review by MU athletic officials.

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