Nyshia Taylor, YourBlackWorld.com
Maggie Hurt, a former Wake Forest student, appeared on the Today Show yesterday as part of a segment on colleges allegedly turning a blind eye to sexual assault on their campuses. On the show Hurt discussed an incident she claims happened on March 21, 2009, hours after Wake Forest was eliminated from the 2009 NCAA tournament in Miami. She alleges that she was coerced into a room by former Wake Forest basketball player Gary Clark and forced to perform oral sex in a hotel bathroom, while former Wake Forest basketball player Jeff Teague guarded the door.
Hurt reported the alleged incident to the Dade County Police two months after it occurred , but no charges were ever filed due to a lack of evidence. Winston-Salem attorney Michael Grace, who is representing Teague and Clark, said there were numerous inconsistencies between Hurt’s remarks on the Today Show and what she’s said in the past, including in the original police report. In a letter written yesterday, Grace, said the players are “stunned and outraged by the allegations.” He also said his clients are considering taking legal action against NBC and Maggie Hurt.
Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, addressed the issue in a letter. He stated, “the University takes these issues seriously, has a well-established Code of Conduct and has procedures for hearing alleged violations of that Code of Conduct”.
As of yet, no lawsuits have been brought forth by any party involved in the alleged incident.