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Brandon Austin Suing Oregon for $7.5 Million in Damages: Details, Reaction

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2015

The Oregon Duck mascot clowns with the Oregon Pit Crew during the Civil War basketball an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State in Eugene, Or. Saturday Jan. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)
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Former Oregon Ducks basketball player Brandon Austin was dismissed from the university in June 2014 after sexual-assault allegations surfaced against him and two teammates. He is reportedly suing the school and others as a result.

According to Tyson Alger of the Oregonian, Austin “is seeking $7.5 million in damages in a lawsuit against the University of Oregon, former President Michael R. Gottfredson and three others.”

The suit is 18 pages long and alleges the university and representatives “violated Austin’s rights by unfairly suspending him and not providing due process, among other things.”

Austin’s suit points to emotional distress and the loss of future income, as his dismissal diminished his chances of making it to the NBA. The suit also claims Austin did not commit the alleged sexual assault.

Alger noted that charges were never filed against Austin or his teammates, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, even though all three were dismissed from the university and barred from campus for four to 10 years.

Austin’s suit alleges his “rights were violated” because the defendants did not let him subpoena witnesses, did not provide a contested case hearing and “refused to provide the due process required by the United States Constitution and applicable laws,” per Alger.

Austin transferred to Northwest Florida State College after his dismissal and led his team to the junior college national title. However, he had previously been accused of sexual assault at Providence and suspended from the team. Although he was cleared in that case, he transferred to Oregon during the Providence suspension.

Austin had to sit out for a year as part of his transfer and was then dismissed following the allegations, so he never played a game for the Ducks.