The Baylor football program is being accused of racism and cover-up regarding the university-wide sexual assault scandal, according to a new lawsuit filed against the school. However, Baylor is adamantly denying the allegations and says they are ”blatantly false.”
The lawsuit was filed two years ago and claims that the school was using black football players as scapegoats to cover up the sexual assault allegations.
Baylor responded to the lawsuit with a strong statement denying the claims.
”This lawsuit has become a never-ending fishing expedition based on outlandish conspiracy theories, rumors and speculation as part of a crusade to turn up any possible reason to attack Baylor,” university officials wrote, via the News Journal. ”The question in this lawsuit is whether any of the 10 plaintiffs were subjected to a sexually harassing education environment at Baylor in violation of Title IX.”
The lawsuit was filed by ten women claiming Baylor mishandled their sexual assault allegations against players.
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Jim Dunnam, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said McCaw’s testimony was relevant because it illustrated how the university’s actions to protect its brand increased the risk for female students at the nation’s largest Baptist school.
McCaw, who is white, testified during a June 19 deposition after being subpoenaed as part of the lawsuit. Excerpts from his testimony appeared in court documents filed about a week later by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
This is just the latest lawsuit facing Baylor after the messy situation which led to the firing of former head football coach Art Briles. Ian McCaw, the athletic director at the time, also resigned in June 2016 before resurfacing at Liberty University in Virginia.