The New York Times reports that the woman who accused of Virginia lieutenant governor Justin E. Fairfax of rape claims that former NBA player Corey Maggette also raped her while he was at Duke University 20 years ago. According to the report, Duke officials “did not pursue the claim.”
The woman who has accused Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Justin E. Fairfax, of raping her said that a former N.B.A. player, Corey Maggette, raped her at Duke University 20 years ago and that school officials did not pursue the claim, according to a childhood friend of the woman and Facebook messages the woman exchanged with another friend.
Maggette, 39, played at Duke in 1998-99 before being selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 13th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft, and played 14 seasons in the league.
Maggette currently works as a Fox Sports West color commentator for Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts, and was pulled from Monday night’s Clippers-Timberwolves broadcast after the New York Times report came out.
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A spokeswoman for Fox Sports West told the New York Times in an email that “Fox Sports takes the allegations seriously” and “are looking into the matter.”
A spokeswoman for Fox Sports West, where Mr. Maggette is a basketball analyst, said in an email, “Fox Sports takes allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are looking into the matter. We have no further comment at this time.
Maggette released a statement denying the accusation:
Mr. Maggette denied the accusation through a spokesman Monday evening. “It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” Mr. Maggette said in a statement. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”
The report comes after Duke released a statement on Saturday saying that they were opening an investigation regarding allegations involving a former player in 1999. The statement said that “Coach [Mike] Krzyzewski confirms that he had no knowledge of the alleged conduct from 1999.”
“Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media,” the statement said. “Coach Krzyzewski confirms that he had no knowledge of the alleged conduct from 1999. The university is looking into the matter and will have no further comment at this time.”