USA Today this morning published an article containing claims that LSU officials have repeatedly ignored or mishandled rape and sexual assault allegations made by female students against male students. Specifically, the newspaper cited cases involving former LSU running back Derrius Guice and wide receiver Drake Davis.
“LSU’s failure to adequately address sexual misconduct goes beyond one star running back, a USA Today investigation found. Officials in the university’s athletic department and broader administration repeatedly have ignored complaints against abusers, denied victims’ requests for protections and subjected them to further harm by known perpetrators,” the news story reads.
According to WBRZ-TV, LSU Athletics issued a response to the article this morning stating:
“We are aware of the USA Today article and are reviewing the allegations. In the meantime, it’s important for us to emphasize that LSU does not tolerate sexual assault or any form of abuse.
We are committed to responding promptly to any reports of misconduct, to investigating these reports in a manner that is fair and equitable, and to supporting the victims in every way we can. Putting an end to abuse and sexual assault is an institutional priority, and we are constantly working to achieve that goal.”