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Coach K faces more questions regarding alleged Sulaimon sexual assaults

Posted March 4, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015

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— After Thursday’s blowout win against Wake Forest, Duke University Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski was again asked about sexual assault accusations against former player Rasheed Sulaimon.

“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. And I’m going to uphold that. I’m gonna do that. As an employee of Duke University and an American citizen.”

The Chronicle, Duke’s student newspaper, ran an article on Monday linking the former player, the first to be dismissed under Krzyzewski, to two sexual assaults.

Krzyzewski and the university have repeatedly said they could not comment on specifics about students or incidents.

As of Wednesday, no formal criminal complaints of sexual assault have been received against Sulaimon by Durham or university police.

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.

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  • Chase Truman Mar 5, 2015
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    Hahaha agreed, I thought it was pretty funny to throw in "as an American citizen" too. But yeah, clearly he's frustrated and just wants to be left alone about the whole thing.

  • Doug Hanthorn Mar 5, 2015
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    As far as we all know, there were no sexual assaults, just allegations in a news outlet. So, speculation is a bit useless.

    I have to think Coach K was pretty upset. Did he really say "as an American citizen?" That sounds really dumb, and I can only think it popped out for lack of anything else to say in his frustration.

  • Chase Truman Mar 5, 2015
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    On what grounds should they have kicked him off? The women didn't have medical exams done after the alleged assaults, and neither of them filed reports. So Coach K should just kick him off because he was accused when there's absolutely no evidence to back it up? I'm not saying the women are lying, but the fact is that there is no evidence to prove they are telling the truth. For Coach K to kick him off the team because of unsupported accusations would have been completely ignorant on his part, and he knew that.

  • Wolfpack Granny Mar 5, 2015
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    I agree that the media should leave Coach K alone. What was he supposed to do??? This was only an allegation...no one filed a formal complaint or took out a warrant for arrest. These were just rumors...if someone had actually come forward, I sincerely believe Duke would have taken some kind of action. And, when the rumors continued, Coach K did something about it. Don't blame it on Coach K...Sulaimon is still enrolled and is in "academically good standing". I believe it that if it had been anything more than rumors, he would have already been expelled.

    And, Duke or Coach K never came out and said they knew about this since 2014. It was only someone claiming to be with the baskeball program who gave out this information and, supposedly, he would not even give his name and was not authorized to do so.

  • Angie Cox Mar 5, 2015
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    the problem I have is they let him stay on the team for a year. the last article stated they were aware of this early 2014.

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 5, 2015
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    They can't investigate until a formal complaint is made. No special treatment. There's just nothing to investigate if neither of the alleged victims will come forward to the proper authorities.

  • Jackie Kylander Mar 5, 2015
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    I'm a Tarheel through and through, but the press should leave Coach K alone on this. IF there was a sexual assault by Sulaimon, then let the authorities take care of it. Coach K did what he thought was best for the team and it's not his place to comment on any charges that may or may not be filed.

  • Andi Rueny Mar 5, 2015
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    So are they going to do a real investigation or not. Special treatment should not be given just because they are a private university.