Washington coach Lorenzo Romar acknowledges sexual-assault investigation of player
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said all of his players will travel to the Bay Area for men's basketball games at Stanford and California.
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Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar acknowledged the Seattle Police are conducting a sexual-assault investigation involving one of his players and a 16-year-old girl.
Romar fielded questions Tuesday about the investigation, but declined to provide specifics. He did not identify the player. The Seattle Times does not generally identify suspects who have not been charged. No arrests have been made and no charges filed in the case.
Romar said UW is taking the situation seriously but that there is not enough information available to take action. Romar said every player will travel for Thursday's game at Stanford and Sunday's game at California and that every player will practice with the team. He said there's no change in the starting lineup, which will be Aziz N'Diaye, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday, Isaiah Thomas and Venoy Overton.
School officials would not allow media to speak with players Tuesday, and they're off-limits Wednesday.
Romar began his weekly news conference by addressing the investigation.
"We've been informed there is an investigation about an allegation (in) regards to one of our student-athletes," Romar said. "And I want you to know it's something that we take very seriously at this point. I'm going to repeat that, it's very serious. However, there is not nearly enough information at this point for us to determine what's going to be done here. Right now we just have to give it a little bit more time to decide what's going to come of this.
"Beyond that, I'm not going to say much more about it. ... I know that you'd like to know some things, but I just can't."
According to a police report filed Sunday, a 16-year-old girl and her friend met the player and a group of his friends at a Central District apartment belonging to the player's sister. There, according to the report, the girl said the player forced her to perform a sex act on him before she left and called her uncle and mother to pick her up. The girl said the assault continued even after she told the player "no."
There was no answer at the apartment Tuesday morning.
The police report says the girl was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Romar would not answer a question about whether UW was conducting its own investigation. He was asked about the investigation being a distraction to his team.
Romar had not met with his players as a team before the news conference and said he was unaware how they were handling news of the investigation.
The 17th-ranked Huskies (12-3) have started 4-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since the 1983-84 season.
• Sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last week, will undergo surgery Friday.
Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or firstname.lastname@example.org; staff reporter Mike Carter contributed to this article.
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