A new legal filing in the Title IX lawsuit against the University of Tennessee includes a new allegation involving Vols coach Butch Jones.
In a sworn affidavit, Drae Bowles said Jones called him a “traitor” and said he “betrayed the team” when Bowles helped a woman who alleges that two other football players raped her, Nate Rau and Matt Slovin of The Tennessean reported Wednesday.
Bowles was allegedly confronted twice by other teammates for helping the woman, including once in the locker room when he said Vols linebacker/defensive end Curt Maggitt punched him in the mouth. In the affidavit, Bowles said Jones called him twice after the confrontation, and the second time he apologized for calling him “a traitor to the team.”
This new allegation became public one day after Jones and 15 other Tennessee head coaches held a joint press conference to defend the culture of the athletic programs at the university.
It was previously reported that Bowles, who transferred out of the program shortly after these alleged events, was confronted twice by teammates, and former Vols defensive back Mike Williams said Geraldo Orta put “a hit out” on Bowles. Orta denied that in a Facebook post.
The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Nashville, claims the university “enabled an environment of bad behavior and used a disciplinary system that favored the players,” and cited more than a dozen incidents over the past 20 years.
There were five Tennessee football players named in the suit, and two more were recently added. Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Wednesday that the new players named in the lawsuit are Von Pearson and Alexis Johnson, who was recently arrested on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment and then suspended from football activities.