Ex-Oregon player accused of sex assault suing school for $7.5 million

The University of Oregon kicked Austin off the team in May of 2014. (USATSI)

Dismissed Oregon basketball player Brandon Austin is suing his former school.

A lawsuit filed in Oregon on Thursday reveals Austin is alleging damages approximating $7.5 million against the university, its president at the time (Michael R. Gottfredson) and three other members of the school’s faculty.

Austin was one of three members barred from Oregon’s campus in June 2014 after rape allegations were made in March 2014. Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis were the other two Duck players involved in the case. Austin’s suit refutes the claims made against him. Authorities never filed charges against any of the players, but the university ruled they were not allowed to attend Oregon until the alleged victim in the case had finished her time at the school.

Eugene Police Department later noted that, while evidence and testimony from the victim in the case was not substantial enough to levy charges, in the view of law enforcement, some of the incidents alleged “no doubt” happened.

Oregon was the second stop of Austin’s college career; he was suspended for a year from Providence College’s campus following a sex assault allegation there. That case brought no charges on Austin, either.

The basis of Austin’s Oregon case centers around a hasty suspension, not being given true due process and causing emotional harm. He also is suing due to a diminished chance at playing professional basketball and, thus, loss of future earnings.

Via The Oregonian:

The suit claims that prior to his expulsion, Austin was “outrageously suspended” from the university and that his rights were violated when the defendants “refused to (among other things) allow Mr. Austin to subpoena witnesses who would be supportive of his defense, refused to provide unredacted reports, refused to provide a contested case hearing, refused to allow cross-examination, and otherwise refused to provide the due process required by the United States Constitution and applicable laws.”

The suit also claims that Holmes refused to respond to Austin’s requests for an appeal and wouldn’t return multiple phone calls from Austin’s counsel “in violation of Mr. Austin’s right to procedural and substantive due process.”

Dotson is currently at the University of Houston; Artis is a member of UTEP’s team. Austin has not played Division I since leaving Oregon. He was at Northwest Florida State College last season.


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