HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — An attorney for former Yale basketball captain Jack Montague says the player was expelled over a sexual assault allegation and plans to sue the school.
Attorney Max Stern issued a statement Monday saying Montague had a consensual relationship with the woman. He says the dispute is about the last of four sexual encounters, occurring in October 2014. The lawyer says the woman claims she didn’t consent to sex but Montague says she did.
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Stern confirms Montague was expelled on February 10th.
Stern says he believes Montague was made a “whipping boy” following a report on sexual assault by the Association of American Universities that was critical of the school.
Yale declined to comment on Montague’s case, but says its process for investigation allegations of sexual assault is thorough and fair.
The Ivy League champion basketball team has apologized for wearing warm-up T-shirts recently with Montague’s nickname on it and the word “Yale” spelled backward.
On Monday morning, Yale issued the following statement on the investigation:
Yale does not comment on specific cases of student discipline, out of respect for the privacy and confidentiality of all students involved in a disciplinary process. Yale’s procedures for addressing allegations of sexual misconduct are thorough and fair: The allegations are investigated by an impartial fact finder, heard by five trained members of the Yale community, and decided by the accused student’s dean. Throughout the process, all parties have advisors, which can be legal counsel, and they can appeal a decision.
Where cases involve judgments about the witnesses’ credibility, all of the available corroborating or contradictory information is carefully weighed to determine who is telling the truth.
One out of five formal sexual misconduct hearings ends without a finding against the accused, and, in two out of five cases, the accused student receives a reprimand or probation. Only about one out of 10 cases ends in expulsion, and the decision to expel a student is made only after the most careful consideration, based on the facts and, when appropriate, disciplinary history.