Maggette is being accused by former Duke student Meredith Watson, who claims she spoke to the Dean of students at the university following the incident, but was dissuaded from pursuing legal action against her assaulter. Watson was a sophomore at the time.
For the dean of a prestigious university to dissuade a student from pursuing a claim against someone who allegedly raped her is disgusting.
While Duke is renowned for its top tier college basketball program, no university should be aiming to protect someone accused of sexual assault, at least without conducting a thorough investigation into the incident.
The woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault told friends that the former NBA star Corey Maggette raped her while he was at Duke University. https://t.co/9VEmhYQaon— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) February 12, 2019
Watson also accused Virginia's lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, of sexual assault during her time as a student.
Maggette has denied the allegations against him, but even if the former NBA star is innocent of these heinous crimes, the fact that Duke deterred a student from legal action against a basketball player is out of line.
The university clearly needs to sort out their priorities, as they would rather protect a star athlete than give a victim of sexual assault the justice she deserves. While there is no proof into these allegations, the university failed majorly by not conducting an investigation into the matter.