Judge dismisses former basketball players' lawsuits against University of Oregon

Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin, photos via UO Athletics.jpg

A judge has dismissed the lawsuits three former University of Oregon basketball players filed against the school.

Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin were never criminally charged but were effectively kicked out of the school, after they were accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a house party and at an apartment near the U of O campus in Eugene in March 2014.

The woman who raised the allegations against the Ducks basketball players also filed a lawsuit against the university, which was settled with $800,000, free tuition and a university policy change on how U of O accepts transfer students with a disciplinary history.

Austin filed the first lawsuit in October 2015 for $7.5 million. Dotson and Artis followed several months later, suing the school for $10 million.

Their lawsuits claim their chances of playing in the NBA were "severely" diminished by university officials, and claim they suffered personal and professional harm, including loss of income, following the actions of the university.

The document goes on to say U of O administrators discriminated against the players "by failing to comply with the requirements of Title IX, in order to reach a predetermined result, due to their sex and gender stereotypes."

The Oregonian is reporting all three plan to refile.


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