If the allegations revealed on Wednesday in a new lawsuit are true, it may just be the beginning of troubles for the Baylor football program.
The latest trouble for the already maligned football program comes in the form of a Title IX lawsuit filed against the university, in which a former Baylor volleyball player alleges she was gang raped by as many as eight Bears football players in 2012 as part of a “bonding” experience for the team.
There were at least four Baylor football players, and reportedly as many as eight, involved in the alleged attack, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech. The victim claims in the suit that the university was indifferent to hers and other cases of reported sexual assault.
Creech reports that the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, says there was “a video of at least two women being raped circulating amongst players.”
Per Waco Tribune-Herald reporter Phillip Ericksen, the lawsuit provided some chilling details from the alleged incident which prompted the seventh Title IX lawsuit against the university:
The plaintiff, who filed the lawsuit as “Jane Doe,” remembers hearing the players yell, “Grab her phone! Delete my numbers and texts!” following the rape in an off-campus apartment with glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling, according to the suit.
According to the suit, the football team had a system of hazing freshman recruits by having them bring freshman females to parties to be drugged and gang raped, “or in the words of the football players, ‘trains’ would be run on the girls.”
The university issued an official statement in the fallout of the allegations:
Former football coach Art Briles was removed from his role prior to the 2016 football season in the fallout of the mounting allegations against the team. Jim Grobe served as the interim coach for the Bears last season before the program hired former Temple coach Matt Rhule as his full-time replacement in December.