Warriors’ Anthony Lamb named in relation to Title IX lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors two-way forward Anthony Lamb was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the University of Vermont alleging the university violated Title IX by imposing procedures for reporting sexual Mishandled harassment and violence on campus.

Lamb is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed by Kendall Ware, the plaintiff in the civil suit. Two other women joined the lawsuit, but their cases are separate and do not involve Division I student athletes (one was a club athlete). Ware, who was a swimmer at UVM, has previously spoken out about the alleged incident.

The university, its Board of Trustees and several officials from the Title IX Office and the Athletic Department are defendants on the record.

“Anthony is not a defendant in this latest lawsuit and, to our knowledge, has not been charged with any misconduct in any lawsuit,” the Warriors said in a statement. “Prior to signing Anthony in September, we conducted our due diligence with the NBA and its past teams, as we do with all players. As new information comes to light we will certainly review and act accordingly.”

Ware, who the lawsuit says had a six-month relationship with Lamb, alleges that Lamb raped her in the fall of 2019. There is no record of Ware reporting the alleged incident to police, and Lamb has never been criminally charged.

The lawsuit alleges the athletic department contacted Ware but “prevented Ware from opening a formal investigation” and that university officials failed to properly investigate their claims. This led to Lamb staying on the men’s basketball team and discouraged him from doing so.[facing] no meaningful consequences for his actions.”

Ware stated that she was misled by the various options the school proposed for the investigation and that Lamb eventually signed a “break-up agreement” for an informal process that required Lamb not to contact Ware and by a limited number to refrain from activities and places. “The settlement agreement subsequently closed investigations against Lamb ‘without making any determination as to whether he violated the UVM Directive,'” the lawsuit reads. University Title IX investigations typically end with a determination of whether or not the accused student was responsible for the sexual assault.

“The allegations that were made against me in 2019 and have recently resurfaced are manifestly false,” Lamb said in a statement Thursday. “I have always been fully cooperative in relation to the alleged incident and welcomed any investigation into the matter. Simply put, I have never committed sexual assault.”

“We are sorry to hear about the individual situations each of these plaintiffs have described, and we want all survivors to know that they are heard, supported and respected,” the University of Vermont said in a statement. “We stand behind our strict procedures and protocols and the support of the dedicated individuals who carry out this work with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and care. Although an independent review over the past year found that UVM met or exceeded all benchmarks, we have made numerous changes to our protocols in response to sexual misconduct. Meeting the requirements of Title IX goes without saying, but we strive to offer UVM students more as part of our unwavering commitment to a safe and healthy campus.”

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35219649/warriors-anthony-lamb-named-sexual-assault-civil-lawsuit Warriors’ Anthony Lamb named in relation to Title IX lawsuit

Emma Bowman

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