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Former UNT Men's Basketball Players in Prostitution, Drug Investigation

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    An investigation into alleged drug use and prostitution involving former members of the University of North Texas men's basketball team is underway, officials say. (Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017)

    An investigation into alleged drug use and prostitution involving former members of the University of North Texas men's basketball team is underway, officials say.

    A statement from the university Tuesday said warrants have been obtained for two students for engaging in organized criminal activity, promotion of prostitution, and drug possession. A warrant for drug possession was obtained for a third student.

    Rickey Brice Jr. has been arrested and is charged with marijuana possession, according to UNT Police.

    The university said two of the students under investigation are former members of the men's basketball program and the third had served as a student manager for the program.

    According to the UNT Athletics website, Brice played in 27 games a sophomore for the Mean Green basketball team during the 2016-17 season.

    The names of the other two students implicated in the investigation have not been released.

    Those under investigation are not allowed on campus, the school said.

    The investigation started with a report of alleged sexual assault with reference to alleged prostitution.

    "I saw an email and I saw 'alleged sexual assault' and I was really nervous. I didn't want to read it," said UNT junior Shaqaal Guidry. "You just can't do stuff like that. You just can't."

    University officials believe this is an isolated incident, but an independent review has been ordered to look at the culture of the program.

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