Last month, it was reported that two members of the Baylor football team are under investigation for suspected sexual assault. Now comes the not-so-surprising word that the two — as well s another — are “separated” from the football program.
In an interview with KCEN-TV, the NBC affiliate in Waco, head coach Matt Rhule confirmed that three of his football players have been suspended as a result of the ongoing investigation. As was the case when the original report surfaced, the names of the players allegedly involved in the incident have not been revealed.
“I can’t get into too many of the details on this specific incident,” Rhule said. “I really don’t know too many of the details on this specific incident, but I do know things have been handled the right way.”
The allegations stemming from the incident involve three redshirt freshman Bears football players and members of the university’s equestrian team.
The alleged sexual assault occurred at the University Parks Apartments on the night of Nov. 11, hours after Baylor lost a neutral-site football game to Texas Tech in Arlington. Video of the alleged incident has been turned over to Baylor’s Title IX investigators.
In connection to Rhule’s revelation of the twin suspensions, the university released the following statement to KCEN-TV:
Baylor University takes any allegation of sexual assault seriously. The University’s new leadership team is unwavering in our commitment to follow our well-documented Title IX policy and procedures in regards to reporting and responding to incidents of sexual assault. The responsibility of responding to alleged incidents of sexual violence does not rest solely in the hands of any specific individual or unit. It is a University response dictated by our Title IX policy. Baylor University remains committed to providing for the safety and security of our campus community.