'Not the justice the victim seeks' UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, September 17, 2009

'Not the justice the victim seeks' UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:49 PM

John Bass of Springdale, the lawyer representing the freshman woman who's alleged she was assaulted by UA basketball players, issued the folllowing statement after the university releases today:

I have seen the press release regarding the disciplinary action to be taken against unnamed University of Arkansas basketball players.  Clearly this is not the justice the victim seeks, and she and her family are disappointed that this action was taken before the University of Arkansas' Office of Community Standards and Student Ethics has had an opportunity hear the merits of the victim's ethics complaint filed shortly after the incident.  We are continuing to gather information and review all options as previously stated, and no decisions as to future action have been made at this time.  The family wishes to thank everyone for continuing to respect their privacy.

CLARIFICATION -- PLAYERS AND SCORECARD:

I've been imprecise in referring to the five current or former Razorback basketball players with connections to the event.

The rundown, based on the current men's basketball roster:

1) A current player was described by witnesses as receiving oral sex.

2) A current player was said by witnesses to have received hand stimulation of his penis.

3) A former player, a freshman last year who is no longer listed on the roster, was described as grinding against the woman's buttocks with his pelvis while the first  two engaged in the described sex acts.

4) A current player was an intermittent witness to sex acts in the room.

5) A current player, Courtney Fortson, sent a Twitter 11 days after the incident, that said, "Im gettin it at workouts like a dude who doesnt understand the word no from a drunk girl lol"

The university has not said which current athletes have received team punishment. The university has not said which, if any, of the players and the former player are involved in student disciplinary panel reviews of the night's events. The school has restricted Phi Gamma Delta fraternity activities because of an unregistered party and alcohol being served to minors.


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