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Three UO Hoops Players Accused of Rape

dotson artis austin 2EUGENE, Ore. — Three University of Oregon basketball players are the subject of a rape investigation detailed in a police report released by the Eugene Police Department on Monday night.

On Monday morning, before the report was released, Oregon announced that the three players, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis, and Brandon Austin “are not currently participating in any team activities.”

You can read the report here. Warning: the report contains graphic descriptions of the alleged rape.

The report says the alleged rape was in the early morning hours of March 9.

The unnamed victim says she and a friend went to a party, where she and her friend were separated. The victim says she had been drinking before and during the party.

The report says the victim was then led into a bathroom by Brandon Austin and Damyean Dotson. She says the two touched her and penetrated her, both vaginally and orally. The report says the victim told police she was saying no. She says this lasted a few seconds and the three were in the bathroom for about five to ten minutes.

The report says the Austin, Dotson and Dominic Artis then pulled her into a bathroom a second time, where they had her perform oral sex on them.

The victim then met up again with her friend. As they were outside trying to leave, the report says Austin grabbed the victim’s arm and all four, plus another man, got into an Oregon Taxi. They went to Artis’s apartment.

All of them went into the apartment where Austin, Artis and Dotson penetrated the victim again. The unidentified person watched, but never got involved.

The report says the victim started crying and that’s when everything stopped.

In a separate report, Artis and Dotson told police all the sexual activity was consensual.

EPD says the Lane County District Attorney’s Office never filed any charges.

A University of Oregon athletic spokesman says that no member of the athletic department will comment on Monday night.

UO President Michael Gottfredson issued this statement Monday night:

“We are deeply concerned about information contained in the police report recently released by the Eugene Police Department. Federal laws that protect the privacy of all students preclude the university from commenting about students. However, the university takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. In addition, a full range of services and support are offered to students, including those required by Title IX and others beyond the requirements of Title IX. The university has established internal conduct processes for handling misconduct allegations. At this point, we ask that you please respect these processes and student privacy.”

Statement from Robin Holmes, vice president for Student Affairs, and Rob Mullens, athletic director on Tuesday afternoon:

The University of Oregon takes all student misconduct that threatens the safety of our students very seriously. We have a clear obligation and responsibility to act in a way that protects all members of our campus community, and our first priority is always to ensure the safety and support of our students.

Questions have arisen regarding the timeliness of the university’s involvement in the matter reported about University of Oregon basketball. Law enforcement agencies often request that the university wait to take action in order to avoid interference with an open criminal investigation. We responded accordingly in this situation. In all cases we begin investigating immediately, and aggressively address situations in accordance with the law, our internal code of conduct, and our commitment and obligation to protect and support our students.

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  1. kR says:

    They have to be held accountable for their actions !!! regardless if they are U of O athletes !!!

  2. EH says:

    Even if the events started off as consensual, it moved way beyond tolerable. These athletes took advantage. Accountability is justified to all participants. The athletes need to be held accountable….

    1. Anon says:

      She said “yes I want to have sex” and then regretted it in the middle? That’s not rape that’s just a bad call. Not for the damn court.

  3. IC says:

    So the UO knew about the report before they played in the NCAA tournament? And did nothing? At least Chip Kelly would suspend football players as soon as he was aware of an allegation that could be criminal. Sounds like the basketball coach and the athletics department knew about the allegation, and chose to wait it out. If it is determined by student conduct to be enough to suspend or expel the involved, the NCAA may go back and wipe away the Duck wins. That would suck for the team that could have gone to the tourney…

  4. Jennifer Wilkinson says:

    This really makes me NOT want to send my daughter to college next year! These athletes preyed upon this intoxicated woman. They have obviously done this type of behavior before and knew how to get her to do what they wanted. It makes me sick that our DA wouldnt pursue charges! Shame on all of you at the Uof O. I’m not sure I can even support a program that allows this type of behavior to go on and yet still play in the tournament! Makes me sick to my stomach!

  5. anon says:

    Jesus. Read the police reports. It sounds like this girl just did something she wasn’t so proud of and now is trying to justify it. She had sex with one of them the next morning after spending the night sleeping in his bed (consensual!). She then a few days later goes back to the house and has sex with another one guy mentioned in the police reports while the defendants are in the house. . Rape is a serious crime and should be taken seriously but even her friends deny her series of events.

  6. Anon2 says:

    Bad and biased reporting .Do your homework and read the Police report.

  7. Michael says:

    This is terrible reporting.

    It’s extremely telling that the DA doesn’t want to bring charges against these three boys.

    The evidence shows that these three kids are innocent of the serious crime. But because some woman got a bit upset about her decisions, these three people will likely have their lives ruined.

  8. Kody S. says:

    To all who read any of the articles concerning this situation please for the sake of logic, sensibility and fairness read the police report. Don’t fall into that pit of the ignorant and unfortunately stupid majority. I respect everyone’s feelings and opinions but what basis do you have when you never read the official police report? Eight people were interviewed and only the victim said she was man-handled into the taxi. From most of the parties concerned their wasn’t very much forcing going on and the women had multiple chances to discontinue what happening. My opinion and conclusion may sound cruel and heartless but in this situation after all the media attention anything anti-victim would sound that way. I conclude that this was simply a drunk girl who ended up having sex with multiple college young men who were looking for some action; the young men were jocks and the stereotype around that is cursing them badly. I fear this is society looking at three young black jocks having sex with a young drunk white girl and instantly thinking that the three men must of had done something wrong.
    I don’t blame anyone for these thoughts seeing how they are completely normal and expected, but everyone who has something to say about this should at least read the police report before damning someone to a destroyed life. These boys now will have to face the social stigma that has developed because of this everywhere they go; ruining their career. If they were charged with rape then they would be sent to a prison for a minimum of 100 months ( cutesy rosecitylaw.com). Don’t you think that if they went to prison that they would come out worse people than when they went in? People die in prison, while nobody’s life was remotely at risk in this situation. That isn’t even a eye for an eye; that is just cruelty that should have died out after the Spanish inquisition.
    Once again I apologize for offending anyone but this lack of logic and investigation is how innocent people get accused of horrible crimes and punished in ways that make those accused hate society for what it has done, and then they become the monsters that society jailed them for being in the first place as a act of revenge. Be scared of ignorance for that is injustice at best.

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