TL;DR: Pretty much every Baylor football player in recent memory tried to shimmy their dick into a girl despite her protests. Got your attention? Good. Here’s the long version of what we know so far.
For starters, this still growing scandal was already in motion, as a law firm had recently compiled a report against Baylor University that documented the establishment’s failure to properly respond to a litany of sexual violence allegations. As Baylor’s board of regents continues to review this report, Outside the Lines has gotten their hands on documents that provide in-depth detail of the extent of these allegations as well as brings to light largely unknown allegations that the school either failed to report, failed to deal with or just straight up tried to cover up. And yes, they’re fucking horrible.
“According to the police documents, at least some Baylor officials, including coaches, knew about many of the incidents, and most players did not miss playing time for disciplinary reasons. None of the incidents has been widely reported in the media.
In one case from 2011, an assault at an off-campus event in Waco ended with three football players being charged and Baylor and Waco police discussing the incident. Waco police, according to documents, took extraordinary steps to keep it from the public view “given the potential high-profile nature of the incident.” According to a police report obtained by Outside the Lines, Waco’s investigating officer asked a commander that “the case be pulled from the computer system so that only persons who had a reason to inquire about the report would be able to access it.” The report was placed in a locked office.
In another case, a sexual assault allegation against a former star player has remained in Waco police’s open-case status for four years, which, under Texas open records laws, effectively shields the case’s details from public view. The player and the alleged victim deny any assault took place, and in a separate criminal investigation, Waco police noted that officers had dealt with the woman as part of other allegations she had made against various people and concluded she was “deceptive.””
Now I know stories like these always dredge up memories of Joe Paterno and the whole ‘how guilty is a head coach of things he didn’t know about’ argument, but we’re sitting here with documentation that he was aware of these crimes and didn’t do anything. Also, there’s no way that the police just decided to not uphold the law on their own. While it’s not explicitly said, let’s connect a few dots here. Let’s say a cop is friendly with either a booster or an assistant coach on the team. Let’s also say that said cop finds himself in a situation where he can either arrest a player or do his buddy a solid as well as keep the local football team firing on all cylinders. Of course he’s going to make a phone call or two, and in today’s world, any head coach will get wind of these happenings. It’s common sense. How a grown man can look himself in the mirror after knowingly rewarding players for sexually abusing women and assaulting innocent bystanders is beyond me, but I guess that’s something that Briles will eventually have to answer for. As it is, head coach Art Briles’ job is in serious jeopardy. As it should be.
“In one of the recently discovered cases, an alleged victim who was a Baylor student told Outside the Lines that she notified football team chaplain Wes Yeary about what she had reported to Waco police in April 2014: that her boyfriend, a Bears football player, had physically assaulted her on two occasions. The woman said Briles and university president Ken Starr were also told of her allegations. The woman told Outside the Lines that neither Briles nor the university disciplined her ex-boyfriend. The woman told Outside the Lines she didn’t press criminal charges against him because she was about to graduate and didn’t think the school would punish him. She said investigators from Pepper Hamilton have not contacted her.
“I’d seen other girls go through it, and nothing ever happened to the football players,” she said. “It’s mind-boggling to see it continue to happen. I can’t understand why. I think as long as they’re catching footballs and scoring touchdowns, the school won’t do anything.””
Right here. There it is. Briles didn’t discipline a player who was known to have committed a crime. And, not only that, but the student decided against pressing any charges because the university, football program and, in turn, Briles and his staff have a history of not only not disciplining athletes charged of a crime but actively retarding the process which would get them in trouble to begin with.
“In the April 2014 case, a woman told Waco police that Bears running back Devin Chafin grabbed her arm and slammed it against a car, in front of teammates and another witness. She provided photos of bruises on her arm to police. She told police that, weeks earlier, Chafin had grabbed her by the throat and slammed her against a wall, then threw her to the floor and kicked her, according to a police report. In the police report, the officer wrote that the woman was uncertain about pressing charges, and no legal action was taken. Chafin played in nine of 13 games the following season, including the season opener.”
If anyone was ever wondering what kind of man it would take to construct a small college football kingdom in which he owns the law, the players and the victims, it seems they have no further to look than Art Briles.
“In April 2012, a woman told Waco police that when she tried to break up with her boyfriend, Baylor cornerback Tyler Stephenson, he twice lured her to his apartment and then, according to the report, violently restrained her, refusing to let her leave or let her use her phone. “He then pushed me on the couch and wrestled me for my phone so that I couldn’t call for help,” she told police. Once outside, she said she tried again to call 911, but “he charged me and picked me up and threw me against the [exterior] apartment wall. I hit my head and immediately felt dizzy,” and she screamed for help. After pulling the woman’s hair and trying to take her phone in the parking lot, Stephenson fled after three men started to approach him, according to the police report. Police spoke to a witness who saw the two fighting outside and confirmed the woman’s account. An officer prepared an arrest warrant for Stephenson but closed the case when the woman did not return several phone messages. It’s unclear whether Stephenson faced any discipline from coaches: He played in two games during the 2012 season, after a prior season plagued with injuries. Outside the Lines reached Stephenson through social media, but he did not respond to a request for comment.”
Let’s put Briles aside for a moment. Here we have police officers with evidence of assault and battery, a victim, a perp, three witnesses and an arrest warrant. Why do they need to wait for the victim to return their calls? What, do they need her permission to to arrest the guy? “Hey, so we have an entire case against this guy, may we arrest him? We need your go ahead. It’s…uh…It’s a rule.” Come on. Who cares if she didn’t want to press charges? Throw the kid in the clink for a few hours and call his coaches like anyone with even a fleeting sense of morality would do.
“Although Waco police closed the case involving Stephenson when they couldn’t reach the victim, they have kept active for four years a sexual assault allegation against former Baylor All-American safety Ahmad Dixon. As long as the case is open, it’s shielded from public disclosure, though the Outside the Lines public records request resulted in police providing the cover page of the police report.
One widely reported case involving Dixon happened in September 2013, when he was arrested for misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched a man who Dixon believed had stolen his television. A grand jury declined to indict Dixon. The incident became an issue on the field months later when Dixon was ejected from a game against TCU for a targeting hit against Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin. In his postgame news conference, TCU coach Gary Patterson referenced the arrest and the fact that Briles did not suspend Dixon. Dixon “beats a guy up at the beginning of the season and doesn’t get suspended,” Patterson said. “He takes a shot, and I want him kicked out. … I’ve got a guy [Dixon] who’s laughing into the camera on the sideline. I’ve got a guy [Boykin] that can’t come into the game for a play. That’s not what I call class.””
So, it sounds like Ahmed Dixon is a pretty good guy. That’s the legal loophole to end all legal loopholes. You leave a case open for four years without doing any work on it so no one else can get the guy and no one can see what he did? Dixon must know someone in the force somewhere. How do you get away with that? But again, let’s pretend that there no legal issues here. How does Dixon get away with facing zero collegiate punishments for a 4 year ongoing sexual assault investigation on top of a regular assault charge? More importantly, how does no one else seem to think this is a problem? The guy’s an assault machine and he’s not only allowed to walk the streets, they celebrate him.
“Dixon had also been part of a series of fights in May 2011 at a university-approved party. He was not arrested or charged but acknowledges hitting someone; three Baylor football players were charged. According to police, three separate fights occurred as part of the same dispute at an off-campus Baylor recreation center. The fights involved what the five victims said were 20 to 25 football players. One was Dixon, who was accused of starting the fight by punching a fraternity member who had tried to stop him from breaking into a line dance. Police didn’t question Dixon, but several of the victims told officers he was a key instigator.”
After that fight was broken up, another involving many of the same people occurred outside. In that fight, a previously uninvolved Baylor student told police he was trying to get to his car when a group of people went after him. The student told police at least three football players were part of the group that hit him, and the attack only ended when nearby women urged the players to stop. He identified the three who hit him as defensive lineman Gary Mason, running back Isaac Williams and Stephenson. And while the athletes disagree on which of them hit him and when, statements to police and interviews conducted by Outside the Lines confirm that the student never threw a punch or made any physical advance on the other people involved.”
Always good when a dangerous individual celebrates being allowed to stay out of prison by mob beating an innocent student who was walking to his car. Let’s examine Dixon in terms of both Stephenson (the guy who beat the shit out of his girlfriend in front of witnesses but the police never arrested him because she never called back) and the other four players who were charged with sexual assault. We can just lump four together because what the hell. So we have six perpetrators of assault (two of them repeat offenders) that not only face no legal action, they also just are left alone by Baylor as a whole. What does that mean? Here’s a hint: someone fucked up. A lot of someones.
I’ll break this down into a little more personal examination, bros. Picture any female in your life that you hold dear. Could be your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, your lesbian best friend who you love but she doesn’t love you back because, you know, you have a dick. Now picture this girl you love meeting some random dude that everyone knows and is on TV every Saturday playing football. They could meet at a bar, in a restaurant, at a party, pretty much anywhere except class because I don’t think these guys are doing much book learning. One thing leads to another and your girl and this guy end up in a room together. He wants to bang, she says no, things get emotional and he ends up banging your girl anyway despite her protests the entire time. Now, of course your girl is going to want to go to the police. You go with her. You report the asshole, the police say they’ll take of it, you go home and try and help your girl feel better. Three weeks later, you’re watching football, and said dude scores a touchdown. While the rest of the fans are going wild, you’re left wondering why 1) Isn’t he in fucking prison and 2) Why is he still allowed to play fucking football. You make some phone calls, everyone says the case in ongoing, but until they can prove it without a doubt, they can’t do anything for you. And also, remember to donate to your local PBA Fund, becuase cops needs raises too. So there you are, with a mother/sister/friend who was recently raped, and your job now is to tell her that not only is her attacker going to be cheered for by thousands of fans, but she’ll likely have to see him again on campus, at a party, at a bar, literally anywhere.
That, bros, is why all those someones I was talking about, are dumpster fucks.
And yet, the list goes on.
- In January, Outside the Lines reported several examples in which school officials either failed to investigate, or failed to adequately investigate, allegations of sexual violence. In many cases, officials did not provide support to those who reported assaults, in apparent violation of Title IX federal law. The story reported that former defensive end Tevin Elliott was suspected of four sexual assaults and one attempted assault from 2009 through 2012 and was found guilty of one sexual assault. Former defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was accused of sexually assaulting a Baylor soccer player in 2013 and found guilty.
- In April, Outside the Lines reported that Baylor did not investigate a sexual assault report made against football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman for more than two years, despite the school’s obligation to do so under federal law. They never faced charges.
- Last month, former defensive end Shawn Oakman was charged with sexually assaulting a Baylor graduate student. He had been investigated in 2013 for assaulting an ex-girlfriend, who at the time declined to press charges.
If you forget who Shawn Oakman is, he’s the guy who blew up on Twitter for being a large and dangerous man.
At least he doesn’t possess the ability to kill someone smaller than him *fart noise*. That guy got away with sexually assaulting two girls. Think of the average size of college girl and then picture him punching her in the face. Yeah, exactly.
Sure, everything I presented to you is unproven, but I’d rather be a bit more mature here and admit that most of these are probably true instead of sitting around with my head up my ass saying “innocent until proven guilty”. That works most of the time, but let’s also remember that these dudes have pretty much all but been proven guilty. In fact, some of them were proven guilt and they still didn’t get in any trouble. So fuck holding out hope that this is all wrong and also, more importantly, fuck these guys. If nothing else, I hope this report ruins all of their lives. Try and get a coaching job after this comes out, Briles. I heard the local penitentiary needs a new coach. Maybe some of your old players will be able to come out for the team.
You can read the entire piece here, but pretty much everything worth reading is above.