Former Yale basketball captain Jack Montague was recently expelled over allegations of sexual misconduct, and his lawyer, Max Stern, lashed out at the university over its actions.
In a written statement that was reported by NBC Sports, Stern called out Yale for using Montague as a “whipping boy” for an apparent sexual assault problem that exists on campus.
“We cannot help but think it not coincidental that the decision by Yale officials to seek expulsion of the captain of its basketball team followed by little more than a month the report of the Association of American Universities (AAU) which was highly critical of the incidence of sexual assault on the Yale campus, and the Yale President’s promise, in response, to ‘redouble our efforts,’” Stern wrote. “From what appears, Jack has been pilloried as a ‘whipping boy’ for a campus problem that has galvanized national attention.”
Montague has not been formally charged with anything in Connecticut, Yale’s home, but there’s no denying that there is something fishy about his expulsion. Yes, there were signs around Yale’s campus saying “Stop supporting a rapist,” per The New York Daily News, but few details have been given regarding Montague’s expulsion. At this point, all that is really known is that a Yale panel expelled him after a female student, with whom Montague acknowledged having a purely consensual sexual relationship. She claimed that she was sexually assaulted by Montague, but he has stated the sex was consensual and that she spent the night with him afterwards.
That all being said, though Stern’s words should be taken with a giant grain of salt, sexual assault is not something to be taken lightly. Regardless of Yale’s reasons for doing so, all that we can hope for is more details to become public.
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