Temple has never been a football power in all my years of living here in Philadelphia, but it looks like they know how to cover up for their athletes with the best of them.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a former Temple female volleyball star named Emily Frazier has filed a federal lawsuit against the university claiming that she was kicked off the volleyball team, and had her scholarship revoked after she complained that her former boyfriend, and punter on the football team at the time, assaulted and threatened to kill her.
The suit alleges that on January 21, 2011, Frazier was visiting a friend in the Cecil B. Moore dormitory, when there was a knock at the door.
When they opened the door, Frazier’s former boyfriend and punter on the football team at the time, Andrew Cerett forced his way into the room and begged Frazier to speak to him.
Frazier escaped from the room and ran to her own room. followed, kicked the door open, and began screaming and threatening to kill her according to the lawsuit.
“If I can’t have you, no one can have you,” he said. “We will be happier this way.” Two students restrained Cerett and forced him away from the room. As Cerett made his way down the hallway, he punched a window spreading his blood along the walls, the suit states.
Students called security, and Cerett was found hiding on the third floor. At a later disciplinary hearing, Cerett admitted to having 19 shot of liquor 30 minutes before the altercation.
The school suspended Cerett until Aug. 29, or right before the football season was to start.
Cerett was found in violation of prohibitions against intimidation or assault; property damage; guest sign-in procedures; the school alcohol policy and disorderly conduct.
Frazier said she was so distraught, she needed her mother to stay in her dorm room at night with her for months just so she could sleep.
She fell behind on work, her grades tumbled and she eventually was kicked off the volleyball team and lost her scholarship.
On an appeal, she was able to get 50 percent of the scholarship reinstated, but was not permitted to return to the team.
Temple nor Cerett would comment on the litigations.