An ESPN Outside the Lines report revealed that the University of Missouri did not pursue a Title IX investigation into allegations of sexual assault against former running back Derrick Washington:
This case would fall under the purview of Title IX, under which the university would be required to conduct an investigation, which differs from a criminal investigation, and assess the alleged victim’s needs. The school told OTL that it did not conduct a Title IX investigation. Washington was ultimately dismissed from the football team, but that was after he was accused in three more separate incidents of physical or sexual abuse against women.
One of those accusations occurred when Washington allegedly struck a woman, who was on the school’s soccer team and had gotten into a bar fight with his girlfriend, “with a closed fist on the left side of her face.” The soccer player and Washington’s girlfriend were arrested and cited for fighting, and the soccer player initially had wanted to pursue charges against Washington. However, according to the police report, she declined to do so after her coach indicated that allegations against a member of the football team would be publicized and potentially jeopardize the soccer player’s scholarship.
This past January, Outside the Lines also reported that Mizzou neglected to alert authorities when a member of the swim team, who later committed suicide, alleged that she had been raped by a member (or members) of the football team.