As speculation mounts on just how much Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles knew about former player Sam Ukwuachu’s violent past, the university itself could soon be in hot water over its handling of the matter.
Per a report by Matthew Watkins of The Texas Tribune, legal experts say that Baylor could find itself questioned by both lawyers and federal investigators regarding its internal investigation of Ukwuachu’s case and how Ukwuachu himself was handled in the aftermath. Just last week, Ukwuachu was convicted of the sexual assault of a former Baylor soccer player back in 2013 and was sentenced to six months in jail, plus 10 years’ felony probation.
Watkins went on to explain that Baylor could very well face a Title IX lawsuit from the victim, who claimed that she was traumatized by Ukwuachu’s remaining presence on campus after the rape. Title IX also encourages that schools “react swiftly” to claims of harassment or rape. In this case, given how Ukwuachu was never actually dismissed from the team, it’s pretty obvious that Baylor did little to nothing to handle the claims of the victim.
That said, with negative publicity mounting and public outcry only getting louder, don’t be surprised if this is just the beginning of the fallout regarding Baylor.
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