The University of Oregon issued a statement declaring it knew of the rape allegations involving Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin on March 9, three days before playing in the Pac-12 tournament.
Tobin Klinger, the senior director of public affairs communications released a statement Tuesday night.
“The University of Oregon first learned of the allegations from the alleged victim’s father on March 9, as reported in the released police report. Upon receiving information such as this, the university’s procedures are to immediately provide services and support. Prior to the NCAA Tournament, the Eugene Police Department told the university that if it took investigative or administrative action, it would jeopardize the integrity of the criminal investigation and, therefore, requested that the university not take action at that time. The university received the police report on April 24, after the criminal investigation was complete and the District Attorney declined to prosecute. Due to Federal privacy laws, the university cannot provide further details regarding its actions at this time.”
Both Dotson and Artis played in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament against Oregon State on March 12. They both played for 23 minutes for the Ducks in an 88-74 win.
The athletic department would not comment on when it was made aware of the allegations.
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