In our previous post we discussed the bizarre case of Nebraska’s football coach, and how a woman you have never met can sue you sixteen years after the fact for an alleged rape which she does not even allege that you committed, or for that matter were even aware of, because you had previously been an employee of the university where she was a student when she alleges the rape occurred. I move that in the future this will be known as the “Kevin Bacon Tort” since it brings a cause of action solely on the basis of being within six degrees of separation from the plaintiff.
Absurd as the Bacon Tort is, it is not even close to being the worst example of why men should not rely on the Pence Principle to protect them from accusations of sexual misconduct. There are two young men whose cases we will examine next, and their cases are far more disturbing than that of Coach Riley.
First, consider Grant Neal, formerly of Colorado State University, a handsome and popular athlete attending school on football and wrestling scholarships. Neal entered into a relationship with one of the teams athletic trainers, a young woman known only as “Jane Doe.” The relationship became sexual, and continued for some time. At one point Ms. Doe’s friend noticed that she had a hickey, and enquired as to its origin. Upon learning that Doe was in a relationship with Grant, the unnamed friend (referred to hereafter as Karen) decided that the hickey was proof of sexual assault. Karen dutifully reported this assumed assault to the school’s Title IX office, aka federally empowered man hating lesbian sex cops, for investigation.
Upon questioning, Doe repeatedly told her interrogators that the sexual contact between herself and Neal was entirely, completely, unabashedly consentual, and perhaps even hinted that it was enjoyable. Nevertheless, the school’s grand inquisitor, one Jennifer Deluna, decided that Neal was a sexual predator, which resulted in the loss of his scholarships and removal from campus. Not only did Neal lose his place at Colorado State, but he soon found no other school was willing to allow him to proffer him a scholarship or even allow him to enroll.
As an interesting side note, Deluna is Colorado State’s director of Inclusivity and Diversity or some such nonsense. Yet in removing Neal from campus she got rid of a black man, apparently for the crime of having had sex with a white woman. And to think I once believed Orwell was satire.
Mr. Neal eventually sued, and Colorado State eventually settled, although it took two years and cost Neal much of his most valuable window as an athlete. The racist Mizz Deluna has apparently suffered no ill effects to her own career, despite costing her employer what must have been a rather large sum of money for her misconduct. Nice work if you can get it.
A similar, and possibly worse case, is that of former USC football kicker Matt Boermeester. Boermeester first gained fame when he booted a 46 yard game winning field goal to cap a comeback victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. As befits a winner on such a stage he also had what appeared to be an extraordinarily happy relationship with one Zoe Katz, who was herself an accomplished athlete as a member of the USC tennis team. Photos of the two online show an unusually attractive and apparently mutually adoring couple. Unfortunately for the two young athletes, one of their neighbors allegedly did not see it that way.
One of Katz’s neighbors, who remains unnamed, believed he saw Boermeester “push” Katz. The neighbor in question reported this to his roommate. The unnamed roommate then approached a USC football coach with the allegation. The football coach then forwarded the anonymous third hand complaint to the Title IX office, where, predictably enough, the federally empowered man hating lesbian sex police promptly suspended Boermeester from the team and the campus.
Both Boermeester and Katz denied that there had been any altercation. Both suggested that the neighbor in question might have seen them engaged in “horseplay” as both were high level athletes. Katz repeatedly, loudly, and to anyone who would listen insisted that Boermeester had never abused her in any shape, form or fashion. Nevertheless the university moved ahead with his expulsion. Boermeester and Katz may have thought this was the worst, but then the threats began.
Katz found herself on the receiving end of multiple threats as the case unfolded. As it turned out, the threats were not from Boermeester, nor from any of his friends or teammates. Rather, the threats came directly from the Title IX office. When the grand inquisitors/predatory lesbians learned that Katz was publicly defending Boermeester they began threatening her with various unspecified “actions”, perhaps even including loss of her own scholarship and expulsion, if she did not cease and desist “discussing an ongoing case.” The office of lesbian predation went so far as to forbid Katz from speaking to her own friends since she insisted on Boermeester’s innocence.
Unlike Neal, who at least eventually won a court case, Boermeester had the ill fortune to be attending school in California, whose courts have been far more reluctant to offer justice in such cases. Katz eventually was abused, although not be Boermeester, but by the Title IX office which threatened her to protect her (intentional infliction of emotional distress, which in a sane country actually is a tort under the law).
Much has been made lately of the current Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, working to roll back these types of abuses, which is all well and good, but if, however, Creepy Uncle Joe wins the November election (pray hard for deliverance) then you can rest assured the kangaroo courts will be back with a vengeance no second round of Xi TB could hope to match.
All of which begs the question…. How could either of these young men have protected themselves?