The NCAA has been sued by seven women, including three athletes, who allege that the organization has been guilty of negligence, fraud, and breach of contract for failing to fulfill its duty to protect them from sexual assaults by male athletes at their respective schools.
The women say they have been sexually assaulted in the state of Michigan, Nebraska, and an unidentified America East Conference college, according to the federal lawsuit filed by the Daily Mail.
An NCAA spokesperson did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail’s request for comment.
In this April 4, 2019 file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions at a press conference at the Final Four College Basketball Tournament in Minneapolis. The NCAA has been sued by seven women, including three athletes, who allege that the organization has been guilty of negligence, fraud, and breach of contract for failing to fulfill its duty to protect them from sexual assaults by male athletes at their respective schools
Emma Roedel (left), a former Michigan state sprinter, claimed that she was raped by a male teammate in 2017 while she was asleep. The next day, the lawsuit explains, Roedel claims she discovered that the male sprinter, identified as John Roe A, had posted a naked photo of her on social media ‘for all of the men’s and women’s athletic teams.’ Capri Davis (right), a 20-year-old former Nebraska volleyball player, took medical leave and was eventually transferred after the school reportedly failed to respond to her allegation of sexual assault against two Cornhuskers footballers, who allegedly put her butt on a had taken the party. A friend of Davis, who is not named in the lawsuit, charged two footballers with rape, but was later told by the school that ‘no find was being made’ against those players
“At all relevant moments, [the NCAA] had a duty to claimants to monitor, regulate, monitor and provide reasonable and appropriate rules to minimize the risk of injury or danger to student athletes and student athletes, “the lawsuit filed in the Western District of Michigan and first reported by ESPN.
‘[The NCAA] knew or should have known that their actions or non-actions are based on the number and magnitude of reported and disclosed assaults [the NCAA] male student athletes … would harm female student athletes and non-student athletes on the NCAA affiliate institutions, both in the short and long term.
“Despite their longstanding efforts to combat sexual violence, the defendants still do not have specific sanctions for athletes who have committed sexual violence,” he continued. “Nothing prevents suspended or excluded student athletes from simply switching to another defendant NCAA institution and continuing to play.”
The lawsuit objects to the NCAA’s alleged failure to take action against athletes who have allegedly committed sexual abuse and for not overseeing employees responsible for handling sexual assault allegations.
The NCAA is reported to have failed to oversee Title IX investigations, which typically investigate sexual discrimination, harassment and sexual assault as well as allegations of stalking or other gender-based crimes.
The NCAA is required to follow the investigations of Title IX, according to various documents released by the organization.
“The prevalence and harmful effects of sexual violence on students, including student athletes, are extreme and unacceptable,” said an article on sexual violence prevention released by the NCAA in 2016 and updated last year. “NCAA member schools have a responsibility to address this issue appropriately and effectively to make campuses safe for all students.”
Not every claimant was identified by her name.
Emma Roedel, a former Michigan state sprinter, claimed she was raped in 2017 by a male teammate while she was asleep. The next day, the lawsuit explains, Roedel claims she discovered that the male sprinter, identified as John Roe A, took a naked photo of her on social media “for the entire track teams for men and women.”
“Roedel sent JRA a text message asking if he remembered what had happened,” the lawsuit said. JRA indicated that he remembered and acknowledged that he sexually assaulted Pack while she was sleeping. 83. JRA sent the following text messages to Roedel: “I apologize for everything” and “No excuse anyway.”
Roedel warned one of the team’s assistant coaches, but was discouraged from taking punitive action against her alleged rapist.
‘[The assistant coach] Roedel said that if she made claims against JRA, no one would like her, and because Roedel is “beautiful” she would become a “distraction,” the lawsuit says.
She did report to her teammate, but was later confronted by male members of the circuit team who allegedly threatened her.
Eventually, Roedel refused to file charges against her attacker.
She was moved from the sprint team to the distance team the following year, Roedel claimed, so she would have no contact with John Roe A.
“Roedel was a sprinter and not a distance runner,” the lawsuit said. However, [the assistant coach] Roedel said that since the men’s and women’s teams practiced together, Roedel was not allowed to train in the same place as JRA; Roedel should therefore practice distance running separately from the team. ‘
Roedel also filed a separate Title IX lawsuit against MSU in a previous lawsuit filed by former student Bailey Kowalski, who alleged she was raped in 2015 by three members of Spartans’ basketball team, but school advisers did not respond to the report. Kowalski is also involved in the NCAA lawsuit.
Capri Davis, a 20-year-old former Nebraska volleyball player, took medical leave and was eventually transferred after the school reportedly failed to respond to her allegation of sexual assault against two Cornhuskers footballers, who allegedly groped her and a friend on a party .
According to ESPN, those players were freshman freshmen Katerian LeGrone and Andre Hunt, both of whom were expelled from school after being accused of first-degree sexual assault by another female student in August.
Both men have denied the charges through their lawyers.
Another former Nebraska student, Sheridan Thomas, said she was raped in 2015 by a male college student athlete, causing her grades to suffer.
Although she filed an anonymous report, the accused male athlete was acquitted by the university police, after which Thomas learned that the school’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance had failed to interview one of her witnesses.
The lawsuit also focuses on the NCAA’s decision to dissolve the Commission in 2018 to combat on-campus sexual violence. It had been created two years earlier to foster an environment where everyone feels that they have respected, valued and are contributing members of their teams, athletics programs and institutions, ” said her mission.
These arrest photos of Tuesday, December 10, 2019, released by the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department, feature Andre Hunt (left) and Katerian LeGrone (right). LeGrone, a tight ending, and Hunt, a wide receiver, were suspended by the Cornhuskers football team in late August and were no longer listed as members of the team in December. Both players faced a recommended 2 1/2 year suspension from college after a school investigation, and both had entered the NCAA transfer portal