San Diego State's Jalen McDaniels Sued for Allegedly Filming, Sharing Sexual Act

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2018

LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 19:  Jalen McDaniels #5 of the San Diego State Aztecs takes a foul shot during a first round game of Maui Invitational college basketball game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 19, 2018 in Lahaina Hawaii.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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San Diego State Aztecs forward Jalen McDaniels is being sued for allegedly filming a sexual act with a female student and distributing it on social media, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Mark Zeigler

The alleged recording was made in 2016 when McDaniels and the female student were seniors at Federal Way High School in Washington. McDaniels is currently a sophomore at San Diego State.

Per Zeigler, attorney Joan Mell is expected to file another invasion of privacy lawsuit against McDaniels next week for a similar incident with a different person.

The suit filed on Wednesday does not specify a specific monetary amount, but Mell told USA Today's Steve Gardner that her client is seeking "whatever the value Jalen McDaniels can figure out violating these women's privacy was worth."

"When you take an intimate moment without women's consent, you're taking something that they can't get back," Mell said, per Gardner. "We're going to try to take it back and pick up the pieces as best we can."

The woman in the first lawsuit, Gwen Gabert, initially informed police of the incident in April 2016. Law enforcement also investigated the matter again this fall. However, no charges were filed either time.

"When I came forward, the reason he didn't get in trouble was because he was an athlete. People didn't want to hurt his career," Gabert said, per Gardner. "I wasn't valued at all."

Gabert told Gardner that she spent a year getting treatment following the incident and that she intends to use the settlement money to cover medical expenses.

San Diego State said in a statement, via ABC 10 News, that there will be "no change" in McDaniels' status at the university at this time:

"San Diego State University and SDSU Athletics takes all allegations of misconduct seriously. First and foremost, we recognize that this is a difficult time for the individuals and loved ones of all of those involved. The University is committed to helping students make the best possible decisions. Cultivating a campus culture that promotes human dignity, civility, and mutual respect is foundational to the University's values, and all student are held to that high standard. An investigation completed by local municipal authorities in Washington state concerning the events that preceded the current student-athlete’s enrollment at the University resulted in no charges. At this time, there will be no change in the individual's status at the University. The University will continue to monitor the situation."

McDaniels is currently the Aztecs' second-leading scorer (14.7 points per game) and the team's leading rebounder (7.6 per game).

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