An attorney for former Yale basketball captain Jack Montague said the player was expelled over a sexual assault allegation and plans to sue the school.
Attorney Max Stern issued a statement Monday saying Montague had a consensual relationship with the woman who accused him of assaulting her. He said the dispute is about the last of four sexual encounters, which occurred in October 2014. According to the lawyer, the woman claims she didn't consent to sex but Montague says she did.
Stern said Montague was expelled Feb. 10.
He believes Montague was made a "whipping boy" following a report on sexual assault by the Association of American Universities, which was critical of the school.
Yale declined to comment on Montague's case, but said its process for investigating allegations of sexual assault is thorough and fair.
"One out of five formal sexual misconduct hearings ends without a finding against the accused, and, in two out of five cases, the accused student receives a reprimand or probation. Only about one out of 10 cases ends in expulsion, and the decision to expel a student is made only after the most careful consideration, based on the facts and, when appropriate, disciplinary history," Yale said in a statement.
Yale basketball coach James Jones also declined to comment on Montague's expulsion, which cast a shadow on the team's success as the Bulldogs head to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1962.
"It's not something we talk about," Jones said. "We coach basketball and play basketball, deal with guys that are in the room and do the best we can."
The Ivy League champion basketball team has apologized for wearing warm-up T-shirts recently with Montague's nickname on it and the word "Yale" spelled backward.