Rasheed Sulaimon, the Duke guard who was dismissed from the team last month – the first player booted from the program in Mike Krzyzewski’s 35 years at the school – was accused of sexual assault by two women at the school, the Duke Chronicle is reporting.
Neither woman filed a complaint or took legal action, but both talked about the incident at student retreats – one in October 2013 and one in February 2014. According to the paper, the news reached the basketball program and then the athletic department and eventually the VP of student affairs and dean of students.
“Nothing happened after months and months of talking about [the sexual assault allegations],” the anonymous affiliate said. “The University administration knew. Kevin White knew, Mike Cragg knew.”
The report goes on to say that the power of the Duke basketball program was the reason neither woman officially filed a complaint against Sulaimon.
A reunion with returner/receiver Ted Ginn is one of the more obvious potential moves the Carolina Panthers could make this offseason. He may instead opt for a homecoming.
A source close to Ginn confirmed what many have speculated since he was released by the Cardinals on Monday – the Panthers are interested and have contacted him. But the source also said that Ginn wants to land in his hometown of Cleveland, and the Browns’ interest is mutual.
The Ginns have been one of the first families of football in Cleveland for more than a decade. Ted Ginn, Sr. built Glenville High School into a powerhouse, coaching a handful of future Ohio State stars like his son, 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and this year’s national title-winning quarterback Cardale Jones.
Hawk ranks No. 1 in franchise history with 1,118 tackles
The Green Bay Packers have released LBA.J. Hawk. The transaction was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
“A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons,” Thompson said. “He was a durable and consistent contributor to our success, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. The Packers are grateful for all that he has done on the field and in the community. We wish A.J., his wife Laura, and the rest of their family all the best.”
“I spent nine great years in Green Bay. I had awesome teammates and coaches and a great medical staff and equipment staff. Many of them have become my closest friends. We won a ton of games, as well as a Super Bowl, and I loved everything about playing for one of the greatest franchises in all of sports,” Hawk said. “The fans in Green Bay are incredible. Between playing at Lambeau Field as well as seeing them on the road, they always supported us. I am looking forward to my next opportunity in the NFL, but I’ll always cherish my years as a Green Bay Packer.”
Hawk was selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 5 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. In nine seasons with Green Bay, he appeared in a 142 of a possible 144 regular-season games, starting 136 of them. Hawk ranks No. 1 in franchise history (since 1975) with 1,118 tackles, having surpassed John Anderson (1,020 from 1978-89) for the team mark in the 2013 regular-season finale. He recorded 100-plus tackles in seven of his nine years in the NFL, including in four consecutive seasons (2006-08, 2010-13).