EUGENE — The University of Oregon athletic program has suspended three players from the men’s basketball team after being accused of raping an intoxicated woman they met at a house party. The Lane County District Attorney’s office though has said they won’t prosecute the case due to lack of evidence and conflicting accounts.
Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin are banned from participating in school activities. ESPN reports that a staff member told them that all three are are not expected to return to the program.
The victim says it began in the bathroom at the March party and moved to a player’s apartment where she says the players took turns until she began to cry. Artis and Dotson told police their sexual activity was consensual.
“While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case,” said Lane County DA Alex Gardner.
Police have released this report on the case. We warn you that it’s graphic in nature.
University President Michael Gottfredson issued this statement: “We are deeply concerned about information contained in the police report. The university takes allegations of misconduct very seriously.”
Austin was investigated for another sexual assault at Providence College last year as reported by the Wall Street Journal.