Former Yale captain Jack Montague will sue the school over his expulsion for an alleged sexual assault, his lawyer Max Stern said in a statement.
Montague was expelled on Feb. 10 after a school panel found him culpable of sexual assault. Last fall, Montague was accused of rape by a woman after an alleged incident that occurred in October 2014.
“We strongly believe that the decision to expel Jack Montague was wrong, unfairly determined, arbitrary and excessive by any rational measure,” Stern said in a statement. “Yale has been oblivious to the catastrophic and irreparable damage resulting from these allegations and determinations.”
Stern said Montague is being used as a “whipping boy” for a campus-wide issue of sexual assault. In 2012, Yale resolved a Title IX investigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Las year, an Association of American Universities survey found Yale students experience a higher percentage of attempted or alleged sexual assaults than a 27-college average.
Montague last played for the Bulldogs on Feb. 6. His teammates wore warmup shirts in his honor on Feb. 26, but apologized for the display after posters appeared on campus with the phrase “Yale men’s basketball, stop supporting a rapist.”
New Haven Police Department spokesman Officer David Hartman told SI.com on March 10 that the department has not received a sexual assault complaint from Yale, nor is there a report naming Montague as either a victim or perpetrator.
Earlier this month, Yale beat Columbia to clinch the Ivy League championship and its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1962.