Missouri refutes claims of former player regarding Title IX violations
Last week Terrence Phillips, a former member of the Missouri basketball program who was dismissed from the team due to an investigation into multiple allegations of rape, stalking and sexual misconduct, announced that he had been cleared of three of the four Title IX violations filed against him. However according to the school, that was not the entire story.
It was reported Tuesday by Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Phillips was also found to have violated Section 3 of the school’s Title IX policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in Education.
Instead of the one violation noted by Phillips, he was actually found to have committed two. Per the report, a three-person committee ruled unanimously that Phillips was responsible for sending a picture of his genitals to one of the complainants via text message.
According to the Post-Dispatch the woman, who was not identified (as is generally the case in legal matters involving rape and sexual assault/harassment), received an email from the school in early June notifying her of the committee’s verdict that was rendered June 7. Phillips had four days to appeal the ruling but did not do so.
In his Twitter post Phillips mentioned Complainants A, C, D and E but left out Complainant B, who according to the Post-Dispatch could be the woman Matter spoke with. While the woman said that Phillips was not violent towards her, she did use the word “aggressive” in describing his behavior towards her.
“He was just really, really obsessive,” she told the Post-Dispatch. “He’s very pushy and aggressive. Even with me, he was very aggressive in the way he touched me and hugged me and in text messages. I asked him to back off a lot and he comes on even stronger.”
On Sunday another of the complainants took to Twitter to give her side of the story regarding her interaction with Phillips.