Last Friday, ESPN reported that former Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey was allegedly sexually assaulted in 2010 by members of the Tiger football team. Missouri officials apparently only learned of the assault after Menu Courey’s 2011 suicide. But they did not turn over any information to the police until a day after ESPN’s story ran.
This week, UM officials have called for an independent investigation into who knew what, when they knew it, and why they didn’t share what that information with the proper authorities. Yesterday, Missouri president Tim Wolfe met with reporters saying:
“It’s unfortunately a tragic situation that’s kind of personal to me because I’m a parent of a female freshman student-athlete myself. What’s important to us at the University of Missouri is the safety of our students. We take this very seriously.
What I feel as a parent is one of the our students is dead. And I don’t want to feel that anymore. Our goal is help Sashas of the world and try to give them the necessary mental health support or whatever support they need, for any of our students, in a way that we can never let this happen again.”
Menu Courey was being treated for borderline personality disorder when she committed suicide.
Wolfe said the independent counsel hired to investigate the matter will have “free rein” to dig into any area deemed necessary. Hiring outsiders to do independent investigations can be dirty business. Ask Penn State.
Hopefully Missouri’s counsel will not find that anyone in the athletic department or football program knew of the alleged assault on Menu Courey. Because if someone did know and that person did nothing about it… it could mean major problems for Mizzou athletics.