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Multiple Allegations of Sexual Assault May Have Led to the Dismissal of Former Duke Player Rasheed Sulaimon

News surfaced earlier this morning that the January 29th dismissal of former Duke basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon may have been the result of multiple alleged incidents of sexual assault perpetuated by Sulaimon beginning as far back as October 2013.

Emma Baccellieri and Nick Martin of The Duke Chronicle, in a detailed article, report that the Duke athletic department was first made aware of the allegations in March 2014.

In October 2013, at a four-day retreat for the student-led diversity group Common Ground, a female student announced that she had been sexually assaulted by Sulaimon earlier in the year. At another Common Ground retreat in February 2014, another female student announced that she too had been sexually assaulted by Sulaimon. Neither student reported the assaults to the Office of Student Conduct nor did they report the incidents to the Durham Police Department.

The allegations were reported to a team psychologist for the basketball team in March 2014 and the psychologist then shared the information with head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant coaches Nate James and Jon Scheyer.

An anonymous former affiliate of the Duke basketball program who first reported the allegations to the team psychologist after speaking with the two female victims told the Duke Chronicle that many others in the Duke athletic department, including vice president and director of athletics Kevin White, have been aware of the allegations for almost a year now.

Sulaimon was the first player to ever be dismissed from the Duke basketball team during head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s tenure.

Stay tuned to Today’s U for any potential updates.

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