I’m really surprised this story has not garnered more coverage than it has. You have a major university which believes it is superior to it’s B1G brethren scholastically, athletically, hell, even morally. Then you have a scholarship athlete that allegedly rapes a fellow student-athlete in 2009 only to be expelled for the incident in five years later.
Brendan Gibbons, you are one lucky sombitch.
This thing went on so long it spans two coaches. Why did it take five years to decide Gibbons had 50.1% committed rape on a fellow student? Well, let’s see… how may years of eligibility does a NCAA football player get? Even sites like MGoBlog are embarrassed and outraged by the handling of this crime.
Why did Coach Hoke cover for him citing “family issues” when he was aware that his player was being expelled? That’s what he did on Dec. 23 prior to Michigan’s bowl beat-down at the hands of Kansas State. I like Hoke (not as much as I loved RichRod) but a simple “no comment” would have sufficed instead of telling a lie to the media on a subject that would become public record anyway.
And to add even another layer of dung to this dagwood of a shit sandwich, Gibbons’ roommate, Taylor Lewan, was also caught up in the mess. Lewan allegedly threatened the alleged victim saying if she presses charges, Lewan would rape her. What?!? And for this he received a short note officially informing him that he shouldn’t do that anymore.
Old #34 and #77 just being classic Michigan Men. Quality gentlemen, dutiful scholars and honorable contributors to the lore that is the University of Michigan.
There are some links below to give you more detail and understanding on what happened, but let me assure you that I have not overstated the situation. This is bad and if it happened at Michigan State, I would be ashamed and saddened. Michigan fans like to call Spartan athletes thugs and criminals, and that’s fine. We’ve had our issues just as every university has issues. But between Lewan and his pending court date and Gibbons and his expulsion one game short of eligibility running out, I think you might just want to hold you maize and blue tongue.
Brendan Gibbons Case Timeline, click here.
Freep article, click here.
Very comprehensive Washtenaw Watchdogs story including police reports and other docs, click here.
An MGoBlog posting on the subject, click here.
An alleged rape, an alleged threat, and almost certainly a cover-up by University of Michigan.
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