A federal lawsuit filed against Baylor rocked the sports world Friday.
The lawsuit, filed by a student listed as Elizabeth Doe in the documents, alleges at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period. It also alleges a culture of drugs, alcohol and sex.
Baylor faces at least five lawsuits from women who allege they were attacked and that the school failed to protect them and ignored complaints.
Sports Illustrated breaks down the situation further:
A central theme in Doe’s complaint is that her experience was emblematic of a culture where Baylor football players repeatedly raped female students. They did so, Doe contends, without fear of serious punishment or other meaningful consequence. This absence of accountability, Doe reasons, stems from a university decision to adopt a win-at-all-costs mentality.
Outside of court, what repercussions might the Baylor athletic department face?:
While the NCAA appears unlikely to punish Baylor since the sexual assault controversy concerns a criminal issue rather than an athletic matter, the closer the controversy gets to athletic officials, the greater risk for Baylor that the NCAA intervenes.
Reaction on Twitter was justifiable harsh:
If death penalty is not aggressively sought after for Baylor football, I refuse to believe the penalty exists, question the purpose of NCAA
— Neal Coolong (@NealCoolong) January 27, 2017
How does Baylor not get the death penalty? https://t.co/iQJfAYk9nh
— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) January 28, 2017
The NCAA allowing Penn State to keep playing football, and now Baylor, shows they care more about money than children and women being raped.
— HUGE (@Hugeshow) January 28, 2017
The Baylor football program has to be shut down, now! This news is heinous and deplorable!
— Sean Salisbury (@SeanUnfiltered) January 27, 2017
Others took a calmer approach:
The Baylor situation is about human rights and dignity. Some things are bigger than football. Don't forget that, sports fan.
— Matthew Bartlett (@Hou_Launchpad) January 28, 2017
Entire Baylor story extremely emotional, harrowing. Won't end anytime soon. Floodgates open on lawsuits. But also allegations aren't facts.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 28, 2017
What do you think? If the allegations are true, should the NCAA give the Baylor football program the death penalty?