A year ago today, the Texans released Keith Mumphery, after a report emerged that Michigan State had banned him from campus and expelled him from its graduate school stemming from a rape accusation before he was drafted in 2015. Now Mumphery is suing his school.
Mumphery says he was falsely accused of rape and that he was cleared both by prosecutors and by a separate investigation from Michigan State’s Title IX office. Only when Michigan State re-opened the investigation for another Title IX case that Mumphery says he was never informed about was he found in violation of school policy. When that finding was made public, the Texans cut him.
Through his first two NFL seasons, Mumphery had shown some promise as a wide receiver and on special teams, but no team has given him another chance since the Texans cut him, and now his lawsuit is blaming Michigan State for discriminating against him.
“The disciplinary process and ultimate finding were motivated by an anti-male and anti-athlete discriminatory bias against” Mumphery, his lawsuit says.
Mumphery says that the case ended his NFL career, and expulsion from graduate school has kept him from pursuing a career outside the NFL as well.
The female Michigan State student who brought the claim against Mumphery is also suing Michigan State, saying the school prioritized protecting Mumphery over protecting her.