Baylor women's basketball coach blasts critics of school's sexual-assault scandal
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 19:08
Standing in the center of the basketball arena, Mulkey offered this: "If somebody's around you and they ever say, 'I will never send my daughter to Baylor, ' you knock them right in the face". I work here. My daughter went to school here. Mulkey used the occasion to offer a defense of her school, which has spent most of the past year embroiled in a sexual assault scandal that's still unfolding in court.
Mulkey said her players do not feel unsafe on campus and noted again that her daughter, Makenzie Robertson, graduated from Baylor.
"I work here every day". And I'm exhausted of hearing it. "I meant, 'Don't take it.' You're painting with a broad brush an entire university". This is a great institution. While that news itself brings a ton of negativity to the school - which is understandable - others still believe despite this situation, being a part of the Baylor family is a smart decision.
She also added that when she said to "Move on, find another story to write", that those remarks were directed at one reporter in particular.
In late January, another woman came forward claiming she had been raped by former Baylor football players.
After that speech, she took to press conference to double-down on what she said and continue to defend Baylor. Baylor regents have acknowledged 19 sexual or domestic assaults by 17 players since 2011. Elliot was eventually convicted in 2014 of two counts of sexual assault for the 2012 incident and sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The student, who is named as Elizabeth Doe, said that she was raped by Baylor football players in 2013 and that the school failed to investigate in a timely manner, as required by the law Title IX.
Baylor hired Pepper Hamilton in September 2015 to conduct an independent inquiry into sexual assault allegations at the school and the university's handling of allegations.
She hadn't said much publicly about the sexual assault scandal. The school allegedly covered up the incidents to protect the football program.
In response to that lawsuit, the university said in a statement that it has made "great progress in implementing 105 recommendations to strengthen the safety and security of all students and restore faith in the University".