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Notre Dame Tutor Fired Amid Allegations That She Coerced Athletes Into Having Sex With Her Daughter
According to an internal school report obtained by the New York Daily News, the University of Notre Dame has fired an academic tutor for “coercing” black student athletes into having sex with her daughter. Apparently such actions run contrary to the Catholic university’s “values” and “discrimination harassment policy.”
It is unclear at this point exactly what “coerced” means in this case. All we know is what one of the alleged victims described in a lawsuit filed against the university on Friday.
That student, whose identity is unknown, began attending Notre Dame on an academic scholarship last fall. In the spring he sought out assistance from a tutor, who set him up with her daughter, who is white. From there, things escalated.
According to the student’s lawyer, at first the tutor invited him to the family’s home to “facilitate” the “relationship.” But later “the mom sought him out and promoted the relationship by providing hotel rooms and condoms.” And then she interrogated him about the “nature, frequency, and quality of the sexual activities” with her daughter, harassing him with “racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess and genitalia.”
Presumably, the “coercion” alleged in the student’s lawsuit stems from perceived threats to his academic well-being, whether implied or stated explicitly. However, he also alleges that the tutor convinced him to seek mental health counseling, and that she had a co-conspirator in Notre Dame’s psychiatric support program who medicated the student so as “to keep him passive, cooperative, and under control.”
This leads one to wonder whether the student had pre-existing mental health concerns that left him more vulnerable to suggestion than he might otherwise have been. If not, it would be difficult for an adult to claim he was coerced into having a five-month sexual relationship.
For their part, Notre Dame officials called the claims made against the school in the lawsuit “unfounded,” and they insist that references to student athletes are “gratuitous” attempts to “attract publicity.” Though it’s unclear how that could be the case if their own internal report mentions that a student athlete had a “relationship” with the tutor’s daughter.
Stay tuned. This story will probably get weirder.
Hat Tip – [Daily News]