Former Yale men’s basketball captain Jack Montague was a spectator at the school’s NCAA Tournament contest weeks after a sexual-assault investigation led to his expulsion.
A Business Insider reporter attended the university’s game Thursday against Baylor, a contest that the 12th-seeded Yale won, 79-75, in an upset over the fifth-seeded Bears.
But the victory for Yale caps off a difficult few weeks for the university.
On Monday, Montague’s lawyer announced his intention to sue the school.
“We strongly believe that the decision to expel Jack Montague was wrong, unfairly determined, arbitrary, and excessive by any rational measure,” Max Stern, Montague’s attorney, wrote in a statement obtained by Business Insider.
The Yale Daily News first reported on Montague’s statement, which followed weeks of questions surrounding Montague’s dismissal. Last week, sources confirmed to Business Insider that he was expelled in connection with a sexual-misconduct accusation.
But details remained scant about the allegations in question. Montague’s attorney’s statement Monday gave the clearest description of Montague’s version of the events that led up to his dismissal.
It described a sexual relationship with a female student that took place in the fall of 2014 on four separate occasions.
It stated that the Yale University-Wide Committee (UWC) — the office tasked with investigating sexual-assault claims — ruled that three of those instances were consensual, but on the fourth instance, she did not consent to sex. Montague and his lawyer disputed the ruling.
The statement said that on the fourth instance:
She joined him in bed, voluntarily removed all of her clothes, and they had sexual intercourse. Then they got up, left the room and went separate ways. Later that same night, she reached out to him to meet up, then returned to his room voluntarily, and spent the rest of the night in his bed with him.
Montague’s lawyer further said that it “defies logic and common sense” that a woman would choose to rejoin Montague and spend the night with him if the sex was not consensual.
The statement suggested that the Yale UWC was incorrect in its determination, saying that “only two persons could have known what happened on that fourth night.”
It also strongly suggested that Yale caved to pressure from outside sources to be tougher on sexual assault on campus.
“We cannot help but think it not coincidental that the decision by Yale officials to seek expulsion of the captain of its basketball team followed by little more than a month the report of the Association of American Universities (AAU) which was highly critical of the incidence of sexual assault on the Yale campus, and the Yale President’s promise, in response, to ‘redouble our efforts,'” it read.
A spokesperson for Yale University declined to comment on Montague’s specific case, citing confidentiality and privacy for students involved in disciplinary processes, but said investigations are thorough and fair.
“The allegations are investigated by an impartial fact finder, heard by five trained members of the Yale community, and decided by the accused student’s dean,” Tom Conroy, the spokesperson, told Business Insider.