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Rasheed Sulaimon’s Dismissal From Duke Involves Sexual Assault Allegations

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The Duke University Men’s Basketball team could be set to face their first ugly incident in Mike Krzyzewski’s 35 years at the school.

According to the Duke Chronicle — Rasheed Sulaimon’s dismissal from Duke could be directly involved in two allegations of sexual assault.

Sulaimon was accused of sexual assault by two women at the school — with neither choosing to press charges, but both addressed their alleged ordeals at student retreats – one in October 2013 and one in February 2014.

Separate allegations of sexual assault by Sulaimon came from two female students in the 2013-14 academic year. Both students voiced allegations publicly, but neither filed a complaint through the Office of Student Conduct or took legal action through the Durham Police Department. The students declined to discuss their allegations with The Chronicle.What do you think?

In October 2013, a female student said in a large group session at the student-led diversity retreat Common Ground that Sulaimon had sexually assaulted her, three retreat participants said. At the following semester’s Common Ground retreat beginning in February 2014, a second female student said she had been sexually assaulted by Sulaimon, according to four retreat participants.What do you think?

Common Ground is a four-day retreat in which students discuss identity—including issues involving race, socioeconomic status, gender and sexuality—through interaction with other participants, discussion groups and personal narratives. The retreat is held once each semester, with 56 participants selected from a student applicant pool.2

A former affiliate of the Duke basketball program, who was with the team throughout the majority of Sulaimon’s basketball career, became aware of the allegations made at the Fall 2013 Common Ground. The anonymous affiliate began speaking to the female student in January 2014, and began speaking to the second female student in March 2014 after learning of her allegations.What do you think?

The allegations were brought to the attention of a team psychologist in March 2014, the anonymous affiliate said. That month, the allegations were brought to Krzyzewski and assistant coaches Jon Scheyer and Nate James and associate head coach Jeff Capel.

Did Coach K know about this, but decided to dismiss Sulaimon once the threat to go public was imminent? Things that make you go hmmm..



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