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Attorney: Duke's Sulaimon not under investigation by school

Posted March 5, 2015

Durham attorney Bob Ekstrand, who is providing advice to former Duke basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon, told WRAL Thursday that Sulaimon is not currently under investigation by the school.

A report in the Duke student newspaper Monday linked Sulaimon to sexual assaults on two female students. Sulaimon, a junior in good academic standing, was dismissed from the team Jan. 29 for a pattern of conduct and attitude issues throughout his two and half years on the team, not for any single incident, sources said.

University Director of Athletics Kevin White said Tuesday “any allegation of student misconduct that is brought to the attention of our staff and coaches is immediately referred to the Office of Student Conduct in Student Affairs.”

No formal criminal complaint is on file with school or law enforcement authorities to back up the claims.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski again declined to comment on the claims after the Blue Devils win over Wake Forest Wednesday.

“I really don’t have any answers more for those questions,” Krzyzewski said. “And I would just hope you understood that that’s what I’m supposed to do. If you were in my position, by federal law, that’s what you would do.”

White and Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University’s vice president for Public Affairs and Government Relations, also said in statements that all Duke officials are prohibited by law from commenting publicly on a student’s confidential education records.


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  • Angie Cox Mar 6, 2015
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    but coach k let him play for a year. that's sick. what if it was your kid how would playing a year make you feel?

  • Sean Creasy Mar 6, 2015
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    I'm glad to see that coach K will only tolerate so much premadonna attitude from his players before he kicks them off the team.. Athletes need to be put in check sometimes and understand that just because they are good at stuffing a ball in a hole it doesn't absolve them from being held accountable for their actions off the court.

  • Ronald Lee Mar 5, 2015
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    Sue them Sulaimon. They have everyone believing you're a sex predator.