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Newspaper: Duke staff knew of alleged assaults

Newspaper: Duke staff knew of alleged assaults

• Coach Mike Krzyzewski declined comment on Monday.

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DURHAM— Duke officials aren't answering questions about a report in the school's student newspaper regarding former basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon and sexual-assault allegations.

The Chronicle cited anonymous sources, saying Sulaimon is alleged to have committed sexual assault on a student, which came to light during a university diversity retreat in October 2013. The report says a second woman claimed at a similar retreat in February 2014 that she was assaulted sexually by Sulaimon, too.

According to the Chronicle, neither woman filed a complaint with Duke's Office of Student Conduct nor the Durham Police Department. Attorney Bob Ekstrand, who the Chronicle says represents Sulaimon, told the newspaper he believes the allegations to be false.

Sources told the Chronicle that members of Duke's athletics department — including head coach Mike Krzyzewski — were aware of the allegations as early as March 2014, approxi-

mately 10 months before Sulaimon was dismissed from the team.

Sulaimon was kicked off the team Jan. 29. Krzyzewski, in a statement at the time, said the player "has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program." Duke did not release any further explanation for the dismissal.

Duke officials issued a statement Monday through Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations:

"Duke takes immediate action when a student reports allegations of sexual misconduct or other violations of the student conduct code. This includes investigation and referral to the Student Conduct Office as appropriate. The University is prohibited by federal law from disclosing information about any individual student or the student judicial process."

Krzyzewski was asked about the Chronicle's story during a weekly ACC teleconference on Monday, but he declined to comment.

According to the Chronicle, a former affiliate of the Duke basketball program, who was with the team throughout the majority of Sulaimon's basketball career, became aware of the allegations. The anonymous affiliate began speaking to the first female student in January 2014 and began speaking to the second female student in March 2014 after learning of her allegations.

The allegations were brought to the attention of a team psychologist in March 2014, the Chronicle quoted the anonymous affiliate as saying. That month, the allegations were brought to Krzyzewski and assistant coaches Jon Scheyer and Nate James and associate head coach Jeff Capel, the newspaper said.

The anonymous affiliate said other athletic administrators were then made aware of the allegations.

Among the administrators identified by the anonymous affiliate were Mike Cragg, deputy director of athletics and operations; Director of Basketball Operations David Bradley; and Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics. The allegations were also brought to the attention of Sue Wasiolek, assistant vice president of student affairs and dean of students, according to the anonymous affiliate.

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