Baylor rape victim hires same lawyer as Winston accuser

The former Baylor athlete assaulted by former football player Sam Ukwuachu has lawyered up, hiring Title IX guru John Clune “to investigate a number of issues surrounding the case.”

Clune’s hiring was reported by Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News. He is the same attorney hired by Erica Kinsman, the woman who accused former Florida State Seminoles quarterback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jameis Winston of rape back in 2012. Clune also represents the woman who claimed she was assaulted by three Oregon basketball players.

No lawsuit has officially been filed, but the fact that Clune has been hired before Baylor has even concluded its own investigation into the matter means that one could definitely be coming down the pipeline. Clune gave the following statement to the paper.

“We are glad to see that President Starr and Baylor have chosen to conduct their own investigation and look forward to learning the outcome of that process,” Clune said in a statement released by his firm, Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC of Boulder.

“Regardless of what facts these investigations may bare, there is a significant teachable moment here for all in higher education and we are hopeful that Baylor University embraces that great opportunity.”

Ukwuachu was convicted of rape last week and sentenced to six months in jail, plus 10 years’ probation. Since his conviction, Baylor has been drowning in controversy about how much football coach Art Briles knew about Ukwuachu’s past, particularly his time at Boise State. During the trial, it was uncovered that Ukwuachu had physically assaulted his then-girlfriend on multiple occasions while with the Broncos.

Though Briles has claimed he knew nothing of Ukwuachu’s violent behavior, former Broncos coach Chris Petersen, now at Washington, is claiming that he gave Briles the full rundown regarding his former player’s violent behavior.

No matter how you look at it, this situation could turn messy fast for Baylor, and could get even messier now that a lawyer is involved.

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

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