Report: LSU mishandled rape, abuse allegations against numerous football playersLiz Roscher
Mon, November 16, 2020, 11:40 AM CST
A USA Today investigation has found that LSU has consistently mishandled sexual misconduct allegations against male students and top athletes, including running back Derrius Guice, wide receiver Drake Davis, and at least seven other football players who played for coach Ed Orgeron.
According to USA Today, LSU ignored or failed to follow Title IX laws, denied accusers access to police reports, and at various points failed to investigate, alert the police, or take any meaningful action whatsoever. Complaints against athletes were ignored, and when they weren’t, the alleged victims’ stories were doubted and they were denied protection against their aggressors.
Numerous accusations against GuiceThe first accusation against Guice surfaced in 2016 when he was accused of taking a naked photo of Samantha Brennan, a fellow student, after a night of drinking. The photo was taken without the student’s knowledge, and Guice allegedly shared it with others. Brennan filed a report with the campus police, but declined to press charges. Title IX laws require an investigation of the incident, but Brennan never heard from LSU’s Title IX office.
USA Today reported in August that two other women have accused Guice of raping them at LSU in 2016. LSU has refused to make all of Guice’s police records available to anyone. They will reportedly not allow Brennan to see her own police report until the statute of limitations runs out, nor will they allow one of the women accusing Guice of rape to see her police report or any related documents.
An investigation by USA Today shows that LSU and coach Ed Orgeron do not take sexual assault allegations seriously.