New Hamilton Tiger-Cats assistant head coach Art Briles was fired from his previous post as the head coach at Baylor University over the handling of multiple rape allegations involving football players.
Briles was fired in May, 2016 after the university released a “findings of fact” conducted by an outside law firm.
“In certain instances, including reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics,” the report said. “In those instances, football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant and/or parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the scandal involved 17 women who reported incidents involving 19 players and four of them were alleged gang rapes.
The school has been sued by several women and last week reached a deal with former student Jasmin Hernandez , the first of several women to file federal lawsuits against Baylor. The Hernandez settlement was the second in a month and fifth overall.
Hernandez was raped in 2012 by former football player Tevin Elliott, who was later sentenced to 20 years in prison. Her lawsuit claimed Baylor knew Elliott had a history of assaults, failed to protect her and others who were attacked, and ignored her pleas when she sought help.
Hernandez’s lawyers and Baylor haven’t revealed terms of the deal, citing a confidentiality agreement. Hernandez agreed to drop Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw from the lawsuit. Attorneys for both men said their clients were not required to pay under the terms of Baylor’s settlements.
Baylor is facing federal civil rights and state criminal investigations, as well as a NCAA investigation.
– with files from AP