On Monday, Notre Dame reportedly fired an academic tutor who has been accused of coercing black football and basketball players into having sex with her white daughter. According to a New York Daily News report, the tutor was fired for violating the school’s “values” and its “discrimination harassment policy.”
According to the Daily News, the six-page internal report “notes an accusation made by an African-American student who said they were pressed into having sex with the coach’s daughter, who is white. It also references a player on the famed football team who apparently also worked with the academic coach and dated her daughter.”
On Friday, one unnamed student sued Notre Dame, alleging that the “tutor orchestrated ‘sexually and racially motivated’ trysts with her daughter by including condoms, transportation and hotel rooms for academic favors.”
Lawyer Peter J. Agostino, who is representing the student in the lawsuit, claimed the tutor “was exploiting African-American males.”
Michael Misch, the student’s other lawyer, said that “she was encouraging it” and “the mom sought him out and promoted the relationship by providing hotel rooms and condoms.”
The student reportedly “started at Notre Dame on an academic scholarship in the fall of 2014” and the “alleged five-month relationship did not start until he sought tutoring lessons during this year’s spring semester.”
The lawsuit reportedly alleges that the tutor interrogated the student about the “nature, frequency, and quality of the sexual activities” he had with her daughter and badgered him with “racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess and genitalia.”
Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne dismissed the lawsuit as “unfounded” over the weekend.
“The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded,” Browne told the South Bend Tribune on Saturday. “As are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘student athletes’ — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity.”
According to the Daily News, “the student tried to end his relationship with the tutor’s daughter, but she then pressured him to convert to Catholicism and recommended he seek mental health counseling.”
The student’s attorneys are accusing Notre Dame of fostering a “sexually abusive and hostile educational environment” and he is reportedly “now demanding a jury trial, injunctive relief from the University of Notre Dame and for school officials to honor his scholarship while beginning an independent investigation into his accusations,” according to the Daily News.
The student’s lawyers said Notre Dame’s “failure to respond and react reflects a double standard by some at the University, as the objectification would not have been tolerated under any other set of circumstances.”