Yale has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1962, but all is not well in New Haven, as the basketball program – and the university – has a potential rape scandal on its hands.
Senior captain Jack Montague withdrew from Yale for undisclosed reasons on Feb. 10. Teammates responded by wearing his number (4) and nickname (“Gucci”) on their warmups before last Friday’s win against Harvard.
Well, protests have begun on campus this week, with people calling on the team to “stop supporting a rapist.” Posters have gone up saying, for example, “Rape culture is standing by your teammate and silencing Yale’s victims of sexual assault.” Unfortunately, the posters are being taken down, presumably by members of the basketball team or its supporters.
It’s unfortunate that this would happen at any college or university, but Yale? Really?
“It does seem surreal, right?” CBS Sports Radio and WTIC Host Andy Gresh said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It almost seems like one of those Law & Order: SVU episodes. I’m not trying to make light of it, but it does feel like that. Apparently people were finding that stuff, and there’s a big lecture hall which is where there were things written on blackboards and that’s where some of the posters were up. So it seems while some of them are across campus, from the stuff that I read, it seems like it’s sort of centralized toward one lecture hall. But you’re right. What are they doing? Going out at 2:30 in the morning to see if there’s any propaganda out there? It’s really really bizarre.
“This whole sexual misconduct thing is a part of the title IX reporting, and it does not paint Yale in a great light,” Gresh continued. “Whenever people say that there is a culture there – that’s an inordinate amount of reports in a six-month period and they’re very transparent in saying that the numbers have gone up incrementally year after year. That’s got to be a little alarming.”
Yale (20-6, 11-1), which started the season 5-5, has won 15 of its last 16 games. The Bulldogs play at Cornell (9-17, 2-10) on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.