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Missouri responds to ESPN story of alleged sexual assault

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An investigative report by ESPN says Missouri did not investigate or contact police regarding an alleged sexual assault involving one or more Missouri football players and may have led to the suicide of a Missouri swimmer in 2011. Missouri officials were made aware of the story before it was published by ESPN, and the university has shared an email correspondence with ESPN that took place a day before the story was released. In it Missouri addresses a number of details regarding the report and answers some questions from Outside the Lines in great detail.

Missouri’s email to ESPN expresses a concern for the story being organized and reported with a predetermined narrative suggesting the school should have been more aware of the details that led to Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey committing suicide in 2011. According to the email exchange between the university and sports network, no university official was made aware of a confidential online chat conversation until a search of Menu Courey’s email account was conducted a year after her death at the request of her family. The chat conversation is used as a suggestion Missouri officials should have taken extra measures to protect Menu Courey following an alleged rape.

Missouri also suggests ESPN refused to provide information that supported the investigative report’s findings stating other personnel at Missouri were made aware of the incident.

You can read the full email exchange, provided by Missouri, for much more on the official response by the university to the story published by ESPN.

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10 Responses to “Missouri responds to ESPN story of alleged sexual assault”
  1. steel724 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:13 PM

    Reblogged this on 3rivs.

  2. bbeaman78 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:28 PM

    Still curious what the response will be knowing his the athletic staff insisted that Sasha sign her withdrawal while on suicide watch, as well as, she informed Ms. Anderson prior to her death. Still nothing has come of it, nor will it because she is out of site and out of mind. I hope mizzou’s athletic department is somehow reprimanded for their treatment of Sasha and their actions played a role in her suicide. Look at Penn States lack of action.

    Of course like at FSU this will be swept under the rug.

  3. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 24, 2014 10:45 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  4. samet2014 says: Jan 25, 2014 12:24 AM

    Some people in the world are just pure evil–and the swimming coach is one of them! When OTL talked to him he looked like he had no remorse whatsoever for kicking her off the team!!! “That’s probably what it felt like to her”. NO, that’s what it was! You kicked her off the team you jerk! Everything that came out of his mouth was BS!  It’s very clear that the coach kicked this girl off the team because he didn’t care for her personally (for whatever BS reason).  I missed two weeks of college with an upper respiratory infection and passed ALL 18 units so that excuse was BS. She could have studied in a psyc ward, and exams can be made up at a later time at the professor’s discretion. The woman AD seemed to not have a mind of her own. She probably believed every word out of the coaches mouth and ran with it!  Clearly no one in the swim program (or in athletics) had her best interest in mind because they ostracized her at her lowest point….and the NCAA is worried about student-athletes’ well-being, right.  I really hope this family gets justice.

  5. floridascuba1 says: Jan 25, 2014 1:39 AM

    You didn’t read the report did you. Liberal.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:43 AM

    Tracing the events so far removed (time wise) from the actual incident is where the grey area begins. I will agree that any entity has to be very careful with the transference of information within the medical field. A nurse or Doc can absolutely be fined and possibly lose their license to practice if information is released without the consent of the patient. Not sure if this young lady felt threatened or just couldnt bring herself to deal with all that comes with reporting and proving sexual assault.

    I do however question the tactics by the swim team coach. At the very least it seems he wasn’t totally concerned with her well being, mentally or physically. Now whether that was in a bid to protect the reputation of his leadership or whether he had personal perceptions of her that tainted his view on things. Either way this is a tragedy on so many levels and a young lady’s life has been cut short even if by her own doing.

    My thoughts and prayers continue with her family, even though it has been several years, when you lose a child those are wounds that take a lifetime to heal.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 25, 2014 2:15 PM

    derekgorgonstar says: Jan 24, 2014 10:45 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

    Just so you don’t go dancing in the streets, This incident happened two years before they joined the SEC.
    If the honchos at the offices of the SEC/NCAA find any merit in this report, heads will roll, just like they would at any other conference’s school.
    You might want to take the time to read the section of the blog, concerning the Police Blotter.
    When one is well informed, they do not make statements that would appear to make them a TROLL.

  8. normtide says: Jan 25, 2014 3:50 PM

    Cheering rape allegations? Find some class, or at least some humanity.

  9. bucnblood says: Jan 25, 2014 5:16 PM

    Muck Fizzou.

  10. lasher1650 says: Jan 26, 2014 5:42 PM

    The end of the Pinkel era has begun

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