The ongoing saga of the sexual assault controversy involving the Baylor University football program continued Friday when an ex-student filed a lawsuit against school alleging that 31 football players committed 52 rapes (including five gang rapes) from 2011-2014. Which is an estimate that far exceeds the number previously provided by school officials (University declined to comment). The majority allegedly occurred at off-campus parties hosted by football players. According to a Title IX lawsuit filed today in federal court in Texas, the university paid off one woman who said she was raped by giving her free tuition and the football staff arranged for women to have sex with recruits on their campus visits. Also included in the lawsuit was Ex-Baylor assistant Kendal Briles allegedly telling a recruit ”Baylor has a lot of white women who love football players”.
The scandal started back in August 2015 when a report showed Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu had been indicted on June 25, 2014. On two counts of sexual assault against a female Baylor student athlete. Ukwauchu had still been allowed to participate in team activities following the indictment, The reports also allege that Ukwuachu had transferred to Baylor from Boise State in 2013 after being kicked off the team for previous violence against a female student and was found guilty of sexual assault, sentenced to 180 days in a Texas jail. Following Ukwuachu’s conviction, the University announced the hiring of a private law firm to “conduct a thorough and independent external investigation into the university’s handling of cases of alleged sexual violence.”
ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported several instances in which Baylor “either failed to investigate, or adequately investigate, allegations of sexual violence.” Former Baylor All-America defensive end Shawn Oakman was arrested on charges of sexual assault, but the alleged victim declined to press charges and Oakman was not disciplined by Baylor according a report by Rivals.com. Another report from OTL stated that Baylor took two years to investigate a sexual assault report made against two football players, Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman in 2013. Both players were not charged for the incident. A couple of weeks later Baylor announced it had received the full report from the investigation. The report alleged some Baylor officials knew about the incidents but “most players did not miss playing time for disciplinary reasons”, it also alleged a potential cover-up by the Waco Police Department.
Due to the findings Ken Starr resigned as University president and chancellor after six years and was offered a position in Baylor’s law school. Athletic Director Ian McCaw also resigned. Head coach Art Briles was terminated on May 26, 2016 following the presentation of the investigation. In the report it states that Briles knew and was aware of the crimes but failed to contact authorities.
Investigation of Baylor University said Art Briles failed to alert police of allegations https://t.co/NjhY38vvaA
— Teri Weaver (@TeriKWeaver) October 30, 2016
So with all of that being shared, should Baylor’s football program receive the “Death Penalty? ”