Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crime: Ex-Wake Forest Players Say They Have Already Been Cleared Of Charges

Jeff Teague (AP Photo)

Did the college basketball players get off easy or is the alleged victim setting the table for a big civil settlement?  Time will tell…

According to Andy Katz at ESPN.com, Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch sent a letter to the Wake Forest community acknowledging that a NBC "Today Show" segment airing Thursday morning will feature a former student who alleged that two former Wake Forest basketball players – Jeff Teague Gary Clark –  sexually assaulted her in 2009.

Hatch said that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) would prevent the university from discussing the specifics of the case. But he added that "I can assure you the University takes these issues seriously, has a well-established Code of Conduct and has procedures for hearing alleged violations of that Code of Conduct. In addition, Wake Forest offers significant resources to support our students in times of need."

The attorney for the two former Wake players said Tuesday night both of his clients were cleared of any wrongdoing by a school hearing and an investigation by the Miami police department into the alleged assault hours after the Demon Deacons were upset by Cleveland State on March 20, 2009, in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Miami.

Winston-Salem attorney Mike Grace told ESPN.com he represented former players Jeff Teague, now a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and Gary Clark, in the case that was adjudicated two years ago but is now coming to light again when the alleged victim appears on the Today Show. Grace said Teague's agent, Mike Conley, has endorsed Grace speaking on the matter.

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