DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A star basketball player for the University of Dayton is suing the university.
Lawyers for Dyshawn Pierre released a statement to 2 NEWS that reads in part:
Dyshawn Pierre today sued the University of Dayton in an effort to put a halt to a fundamentally unfair and defective internal process that deprived him of vital rights and protections and has resulted in a disruption in his education, a drastic blow to his reputation, and a potentially fatal interference with his dream to bring a national basketball championship to Dayton. This University’s decision, unsupported by any objective or credible evidence of any sort, flies in the face of law enforcement’s determinations about the charge of sexual assault.”
2 NEWS reported in September that Pierre was no longer enrolled at the university and would not be on campus for the fall semester.
University spokespeople said that could not discuss the issue further noting federal privacy laws for students.
Police reports indicated that Pierre was investigated after a criminal complaint was received accusing him of sexual assault. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office cited that there was not sufficient evidence of the alleged assault to file charges.
Pierre’s lawyers claim the university took more than five months after the sex assault accusations were made to reach its decision about Pierre’s future on campus.
The lawsuit seeks to allow Pierre to return to the university as a student and play on the UD Men’s Basketball Team.
Pierre is quoted in the statement as saying, “What has been done to me has been grossly unfair. The allegations against me are false. And now, I find if with my reputation tarnished, my schooling interrupted and my dream of helping the basketball team win a national championship being threatened. I want justice and I want a return to my normal life.”
2 NEWS reached out for comment from the University of Dayton. It sent 2 NEWS the following statement:
The University of Dayton’s processes are in compliance with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The University does not comment on pending litigation.”