Baylor: Art Briles knew about gang rape, never reported it

According to a statement released by Baylor University, Art Briles knew about a gang rape that happened in 2013 involving his football players and never reported it.

The statement on the Baylor University website is in response to a former coach who claims that there was such a report made to the school's judicial affairs.

Baylor refutes that claim.

The statement reads, in part:

Here are the facts about the underlying report of sexual assault: In April 2013, a female student-athlete reported to her head coach that she had been sexually assaulted by five Baylor football players approximately one year earlier. The student-athlete provided her head coach with the names of the involved football players. The head coach immediately reported the assault, including the names of the reported players, to the then-Athletic Director [Ian McCaw], to the head football coach [Art Briles], and to the sports administrator for the female student-athlete's team. According to Baylor's investigation, neither the head coach, the Athletic Director, the sports administrator or the football coach disclosed the reported sexual assault to Baylor's Judicial Affairs or to anyone else outside of the Athletics Department.

The statement goes on to say that everyone that was informed had a responsibility to report the incident to judicial affairs, but that never happened.

This is contrary to what Briles and many of his defenders have said about the way his coaching staff handled allegations of sexual assault against football players.

His son, Kendall Briles, who is still on the Bears coaching staff, gave a different version of the events on Twitter last week, which now runs contrary to the findings of the university.

This also runs counter to what Briles told ESPN in an interview back in September.

In the ESPN story, when asked about the gang rape incident Briles says, "It was investigated within our staff," which is confirmed by Baylor. But where his story runs counter is what he said about the details of the incident:

"Briles said he never met with the woman and did not know the names of the accused players at the time," the story reads.

This likely isn't the end of details slowly coming out about how Baylor treated sexual assault victims that came forward.

Former Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford has come forward describing the culture that suppressed sexual assault reports and made it harder for her to do her job. And members of the Board of Regents have come forward to provide details left out of a vague Pepper Hamilton report following an investigation into Baylor's actions.

So far, the NCAA hasn't issued any punishment to Baylor for the culture permeated by the football team and the university.

(© 2016 KENS)


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