The captain of Yale University's men's basketball team, who was expelled earlier this year for allegedly assaulting another student, will sue the university for making him "a whipping boy." The lawsuit was announced Monday in a statement by the player's lawyers.
Jack Montague, the former captain, was expelled in February after the university ruled against him in the sexual assault case. Earlier this month, his teammates wore his nickname and number on their shirts while warming up before a game. The show of support sparked anger and debate at Yale. Posters were found around campus urging the men's basketball team to "stop supporting a rapist." The team later apologized.
"Last week, the media widely reported on statements made by Yale students and posters put up on campus, which condemned Jack Montague directly as the named culprit and as a rapist, thus slandering him with this accusation," Montague's lawyers said in a statement. "He was never accused of rape and Yale took no steps to correct these actions. As a result, Mr. Montague has no choice but to correct the record."
This week, Yale will play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's men's basketball tournament for the first time since 1962.
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