Lawsuit alleges 52 rapes by Baylor football players in 4 years
The Dallas Morning News reporter Sarah Mervosh has published a bombshell report on a new lawsuit filed by an “Elizabeth Doe” which alleges that 31 Baylor football players committed 52 rapes from 2011-14, including five gang rapes, two of which involved 10 or more players at one time.
Doe alleges that she was gang raped by then-Baylor football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman after a party on April 18, 2013. The players were named as suspects, but not charged by police. As part of Doe’s Title IX suit, investigations by her lawyers led to the findings of 52 rapes committed by 31 football players in the four-year period.
Art Briles, who coached at Baylor for eight seasons (2008-15), was fired on May 26, 2016 in connection to the sexual assault scandal. The report notes that Baylor regents told The Wall Street Journal in October that they were aware of 17 women who reported sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 players, including four alleged gang rapes, since 2011.
Also in the report, a Dallas-area recruit recalls former Baylor assistant Kendal Briles, son of Art Briles, once asking him, “Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they love football players.” The younger Briles was hired by Lane Kiffin as FAU’s offensive coordinator in December.
The suit cites Briles’ conversation with the recruit as part of the schools’ “‘show ’em a good time’ policy that ‘used sex to sell.'”
Mervosh’s full report can be read here.