The University of Florida, in response to the accusation that two of its football players were involved in a sexual assault, appointed a university booster to watch over the hearing of the case.
In turn, the alleged victim will be boycotting the case, according to a report by ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach.
Antonio Callaway, current wide receiver for Florida, and Treon Harris, formerly a quarterback for the program, are the two Gators accused in the sexual assault case.
Jake Schickel is the booster the University of Florida appointed to oversee the hearing.
In a letter to the university’s deputy general counsel, John Clune, the alleged victim’s attorney, said, “This has been a difficult decision but as I previously indicated to you, the fact that UF has hired a football booster to adjudicate a sexual assault allegation against one of the team’s own football players is a fundamentally skewed process in which [the complainant] refuses to participate.”
That’s not all Clune had to say, however.
“UF should never have asked him to serve as an objective reviewer and decision-maker on this matter when the claim has been brought against a star member of the very team for which both he and his law partners have provided considerable financial support… Quite frankly, short of finding a relative of Mr. Calloway, I’m not sure how UF could have found someone with more conflicts [than] Mr. Schickel.”
Callaway is statistically Florida’s greatest aerial weapon and has regained his eligibility; he began practicing last week.