Former Minnesota AD sexually harassed beat reporter

Former Minnesota AD Norwood Teague resigned from his position last week after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, and now we know just who he was targeting. It turns out that Teague was allegedly harassing none other than Gophers basketball beat writer Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among others.

Rayno shared her story this morning, and it isn’t pretty.

But this December night was different. Teague asked me about my longtime boyfriend, as he often did. My mistake was acknowledging that we had just broken up. The switch flipped. Suddenly, in a public and crowded bar, Teague tried to throw his arm around me. He poked my side. He pinched my hip. He grabbed at me. Stunned and mortified, I swatted his advances and firmly told him to stop. He didn’t.

“Don’t deny,” he said, “our chemistry.”

I told him that he was drastically off base, that my only intention in being there was as a reporter – to which he replied: “You’re all strictly business? Nothing else?”

I walked out. He followed me. I hailed a cab. He followed me in, grabbing at my arm and scooting closer and closer in the dark back cabin until I was pressed against the door. I told him to stop. I told him it was not OK. He laughed. When I reached my apartment, I vomited.

Later that night he texted: “Night strictly bitness.”

If what Rayno has said is indeed true, then odds are greater than none that Teague’s career in the world of college athletics is over. The incident mentioned above was just the first of several, according to Rayno, so many that she nearly gave up the beat. Teague was also found to have sent inappropriate text messages to university employees, only putting him in hotter water.

Either way, though Teague did do a lot for Minnesota in his time there, it is refreshing to see him go and that others, especially Rayno, are strong enough to share their respective stories so that Teague can be seen for what he truly is.

Of course, Campus Sports will update this story as any new information becomes available.

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