Maryland Basketball Player Dez Wells Files Lawsuit Against Xavier
by Anthony Caruso on August 26, 2013
A new lawsuit against NCAA school Xavier University by a former basketball player
may challenge universities' legal grounds for the expulsion of athletes in the future.
Former Xavier guard Dez Wells - who now plays basketball for Maryland - is suing the
school for damages, claiming that his expulsion from the university in 2012 over
allegations of sexual assault destroyed his reputation. The prosecutor who investigated
the case not only declined to charge Wells, but noted that the allegation "didn't reach
anything close to a standard of proof" and "should never have gotten to the point where
someone's reputation is ruined." After he transferred to Maryland, the The NCAA also
made a rare sports law decision to grant Wells immediate eligibility to play, rather
than forcing him sit out a season as is customary with most transfers.
As the allegations were never proven in any legal atmosphere and Wells was never
formally charged, the grounds of his expulsion and the potential reputational damage that may follow are being called into question. Wells is requesting that the expulsion be
reversed and noted that the school "violated its own policies" when they dismissed him,
according to Yahoo Sports. In a statement, Wells said he has been "publicly humiliated,
and felt ashamed, emotionally distraught, and violated."