Keith Mumphery sues Michigan State, says false rape claim ended his NFL career

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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.

11 responses to “Keith Mumphery sues Michigan State, says false rape claim ended his NFL career

  1. ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ is obviously not good enough for the public opinion obsessed NFL & their franchisees. At the owners meetings, holding up your index finger doesn’t mean “we’re #1” as much as “which way is the wind blowing now?”

    That being said, if the guy really did assault his accuser, he should have been tried, convicted & incarcerated.

  2. When you’re cleared by both the actual objective justice system AND your school’s subjective Title IX hearing, it means you didn’t do anything.

    Unless of course your school is having bad PR problems and needs to use you as a sacrificial lamb.

  3. Before Obama’s letter to University’s in 2011 the norm for title IX cases was proof beyond reasonable doubt for a convictions. Since his letter university has opened it up to “ more likely then not “. To find one guilty. Also discouraged caused to cross examine accusers witness. The times article is excellent. In short this kid got railroaded by the School.

    On Amy level holding a hearing trial without the accused being there is a violation of his right to defend himself. Which is illegal on all counts.

  4. ldloudin says:
    June 2, 2018 at 10:30 am
    ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ is obviously not good enough for the public opinion obsessed NFL & their franchisees. At the owners meetings, holding up your index finger doesn’t mean “we’re #1” as much as “which way is the wind blowing now?”

    That being said, if the guy really did assault his accuser, he should have been tried, convicted & incarcerated.

    ______________________________

    The fans don’t believe in innocent before guilty anyway just look at Michael Bennett’s ongoing case for example, no on gives him a chance

  5. The combination of dropping the standard for a conviction to “preponderance of the evidence” (ie 50.1%) and him not appearing to defend himself meant a conviction was automatic. If she says he and his unicorn both raped her and no defense is offered, then MSU has a problem with rape happy unicorns too.

  6. The article that this is linked to describes as system totally out of control. That it comes from MSU makes it even worse.
    What is going on over there? A serial molester gets away with his crime for years, but a guy who gets accused once, then cleared twice of the accusations, gets slammed? This is at least as bad as that mess at Penn State.

  7. False rape charges should be grounds for being thrown off the top of the tallest building.

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