Rasheed Sulaimon Dismissal From Duke Tied to Sexual Assault Allegations?

By Jason McIntyre

Rasheed Sulaimon, the Duke guard who was dismissed from the team last month – the first player booted from the program in Mike Krzyzewski’s 35 years at the school – was accused of sexual assault by two women at the school, the Duke Chronicle is reporting.

Neither woman filed a complaint or took legal action, but both talked about the incident at student retreats – one in October 2013 and one in February 2014. According to the paper, the news reached the basketball program and then the athletic department and eventually the VP of student affairs and dean of students.

" “Nothing happened after months and months of talking about [the sexual assault allegations],” the anonymous affiliate said. “The University administration knew. Kevin White knew, Mike Cragg knew.” "

The report goes on to say that the power of the Duke basketball program was the reason neither woman officially filed a complaint against Sulaimon.

The part of this that will really get picked up is that a former secretary in the Duke basketball office – who had worked there for three years – went to his boss in January 2015 after hearing about one of the alleged sexual assaults. The following day he quit his job. That secretary, Lincoln Wensley, was quickly called into the Duke basketball office for a meeting.

Six days later, Sulaimon was kicked off the Duke basketball team. [via the Duke Chronicle]

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