USA Today’s Monday report alleged that many LSU officials had knowledge of sexual harassment allegations against Darrius Gies and other former football players in the past, and either ignored those complaints or protected victims. The requests were denied.
The report also cited three cases in which football players were found responsible for sexual harassment and were allowed to remain on campus, receiving a deferred suspension.
The report details the assault charges leveled against former wide receiver Drake Davis by an LSU tennis player, with the victim’s tennis coach Mike Sale alleging that Davis had punched the woman in the abdomen, but she did not attend school The attack was not reported. Or Title IX coordinator. The report stated that LSU “sat on the information for months while Davis continued to assault and strangle her.”
In 2018, Davis was arrested on charges of second-degree battery and suspended indefinitely by the team. The arrest warrant states that Davis, who enrolled at Southern University in October 2019, was accused of working on a battery of a woman he had been dating on four occasions over a period of about 13 months was.
“We are unwavering in our commitment to respond promptly to any reports of misconduct, to examine these reports in a fair and equitable manner, to support victims of sexual assault and to protect the privacy of our students according to law” by LSU Told USA Today in a statement. “Ending sexual assault is an institutional priority, and we are continuously working to achieve that goal.”
USA Today reports that police have been reported for sexual harassment and dating violence of at least nine football players, including Guise and Davis, since Ed Orgran was promoted as interim head coach in 2016.
Orgeron was later promoted to full-time coach, and led the team to a national championship last season.
“We are committed to a culture of safety, equity and accountability for all students and employees. We provide education, training and resources to combat violence, sexual misconduct and inequality,” Orgeron said in a statement. “When we become aware of the allegations, we have an obligation to report every charge to the Title IX office of the University immediately so that due due process can be implemented.”
Current LSU punisher Zach von Rosenberg took to Twitter to defend his coach.
I felt obliged to protect my coach bc, we had team meetings about almost every incident. Most of these players were either dismissed or removed from the team. Others I do not know all the details, but I know that my coach will do the right thing. Fact. https://t.co/IBL4cSx6Wq
– Zach von Rosenberg (@ ZVR09) November 16, 2020
USA Today previously reported on the charges leveled against Giese, who was charged with rape by two LSU alumni. Guise was released after the Washington football team arrested him on August 7 in Virginia on three separate domestic violence charges.
According to the latest report, LSU formally disciplined two of the nine athletes accused of sexual misconduct and dating violence: Davis and quarterback Peter Parish.
Paris was accused of raping a woman outside a bar earlier this year and was suspended indefinitely by LSU. In August, the parish announced that it would relocate to Memphis.
LSU lawyer Johanna Posada confirmed to USA Today that four athletes were not disciplined: security grant Delpit, who was accused of recording a woman during sex without her knowledge and sharing the video with others Was, and went back to Tai Provence, lineback Jacob Phillips and tight end Zach Sheffer, who were all accused of rape.
ESPN has asked LSU to give official comment on the USA Today report.