Former Wisconsin broad receiver Quintez Cephus mentioned in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in opposition to the college that he was once used as a scapegoat throughout 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 Identify IX provisions and breach of contract.
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Cephus was once suspended from the Badgers soccer crew in August 2018 and was once expelled from the College of Wisconsin-Madison for violating its nonacademic misconduct code as a part of a Identify IX investigation following his arrest on second-and third-degree sexual attack fees.
After a jury acquitted Cephus, he was once reinstated and led Wisconsin in receiving throughout the 2019 season because the Badgers went 10-Four and reached the Rose Bowl. Cephus just lately finished his rookie season with the Detroit Lions, who took him within the 5th spherical of the 2020 draft.
College officers didn’t in an instant reply to an e mail Tuesday in quest of remark concerning the lawsuit.
Cephus’ attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, mentioned he’s spoken with NFL brokers and draft analysts who imagine 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 dashing forward to judgment once they know for a truth they don’t have all of the proof,” Miltenberg mentioned.
The criticism says that Wisconsin was once “in quest of to push for harsh male prosecutions to be able to treatment its long-standing failure to deal with sexual attack proceedings.” The criticism provides that Cephus’ standing as a well known soccer participant made him “the easiest candidate for the college to end up its investigative efforts and punish accused men in a high-profile manner.”
Defendants come with Chancellor Rebecca Clean, campus Identify IX coordinator Lauren Hasselbacher and the college’s board of regents.
The felony fees stemmed from an incident at Cephus’ Madison condominium in April 2018. Cephus engaged in sexual acts with two 18-year-old Wisconsin scholars, who later mentioned they had been raped and too inebriated to consent. Cephus mentioned the intercourse was once consensual.
Cephus’ legal professionals say within the criticism that the universities’ Identify IX investigation was once “an egregious miscarriage of justice.” That investigation concluded that Cephus “much more likely than no longer” sexually assaulted the ladies.
Cephus’ legal professionals argue that the college must have not on time the investigation till the realization of the felony continuing as a result of there was once related proof that wouldn’t be launched till after the felony case was once closed. They are saying that integrated video proof disputing the ladies’s claims that they had been intoxicated that night time.
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They are saying that the college said it had unsuccessfully tried to procure this proof and went forward with its disciplinary listening to anyway.
The criticism additionally says two feminine scholars’ statements had been persistently taken at face price and that the investigation was once biased with a loss of transparency.
The lawsuit comes 5 months after some of the feminine scholars concerned within the case sued the college over its 2019 determination to opposite Cephus’ expulsion and make allowance him again at the soccer crew.