Former Wisconsin large receiver Quintez Cephus stated in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in opposition to the college that he used to be used as a scapegoat all over a sexual attack investigation that ended in his brief expulsion.
Cephus seeks unspecified damages in his lawsuit filed in federal court docket in Madison, accusing the defendants of violating his due procedure rights, violating Name IX provisions and breach of contract.
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Cephus used to be suspended from the Badgers soccer crew in August 2018 and used to be expelled from the College of Wisconsin-Madison for violating its nonacademic misconduct code as a part of a Name IX investigation following his arrest on second-and third-degree sexual attack fees.
After a jury acquitted Cephus, he used to be reinstated and led Wisconsin in receiving all over the 2019 season because the Badgers went 10-Four and reached the Rose Bowl. Cephus lately finished his rookie season with the Detroit Lions, who took him within the 5th spherical of the 2020 draft.
College officers didn’t instantly reply to an e mail Tuesday looking for remark concerning the lawsuit.
Cephus’ attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, stated he’s spoken with NFL brokers and draft analysts who consider Cephus would had been drafted previous if no longer for his expulsion.
“He needs to set a precedent in order that colleges are extra cautious and extra diligent in how they continue on those circumstances and no longer simply kind of speeding forward to judgment once they know for a truth they don’t have all of the proof,” Miltenberg stated.
The grievance says that Wisconsin used to be “looking for to push for harsh male prosecutions with a purpose to treatment its long-standing failure to handle sexual attack court cases.” The grievance provides that Cephus’ standing as a well known soccer participant made him “the very best candidate for the college to end up its investigative efforts and punish accused men in a high-profile approach.”
Defendants come with Chancellor Rebecca Clean, campus Name IX coordinator Lauren Hasselbacher and the college’s board of regents.
The legal fees stemmed from an incident at Cephus’ Madison rental in April 2018. Cephus engaged in sexual acts with two 18-year-old Wisconsin scholars, who later stated they have been raped and too inebriated to consent. Cephus stated the intercourse used to be consensual.
Cephus’ attorneys say within the grievance that the universities’ Name IX investigation used to be “an egregious miscarriage of justice.” That investigation concluded that Cephus “much more likely than no longer” sexually assaulted the ladies.
Cephus’ attorneys argue that the college must have not on time the investigation till the realization of the legal continuing as a result of there used to be related proof that wouldn’t be launched till after the legal case used to be closed. They are saying that integrated video proof disputing the ladies’s claims that they have been intoxicated that night.
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They are saying that the college stated it had unsuccessfully tried to acquire this proof and went forward with its disciplinary listening to anyway.
The grievance additionally says two feminine scholars’ statements have been constantly taken at face price and that the investigation used to be biased with a loss of transparency.
The lawsuit comes 5 months after one of the crucial feminine scholars concerned within the case sued the college over its 2019 resolution to opposite Cephus’ expulsion and make allowance him again at the soccer crew.