Reggie Lynch's attorney: "He feels like he is being falsely accused"

Lester Mason
January 12, 2018

Questions over Lynch's conduct resurfaced last week when he was suspended by the school from athletic competition following an investigation that found Lynch violated the school's sexual misconduct policy and university rules in an April 2016 incident.

"There might be a little bit of a hysteria going on in our rush and our desire to correct prior wrongs and our increased awareness of sexual assault", Pacyga said.

Pacyga said he has requested a hearing and the processes for appealing could go beyond March.

"Reggie Lynch categorically denies all of these allegations".

The school's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action recommended expulsion from school for Lynch after a third woman came forward with allegations of sexual assault.

Lynch, meanwhile, has not decided on whether he will continue challenging the school's findings-or even whether he will still attend school at the University of Minnesota or play basketball with the team.

Pacyga compared the accusations against Lynch and the current climate towards sexual misconduct to the hysteria that led to Japanese internment camps during World War II.

The 6-foot-10 center and Big Ten defensive player of the year last season is in his final year of college eligibility.

On Wednesday evening, Abby Honold, who was raped by a fellow U of M student in 2014 and who has championed legislation to change how campus assaults are handled, shared a message from the student who reported being assaulted by Lynch on April 28, 2016.

Attorney Ryan Pacyga has called a news conference for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

"I think, what I have to operate on, is Reggie Lynch is falsely accused and if you want to put a label on it you're welcome to put a label on it", he said.

"The specifics of my case being discussed is a violation of the privacy I've tried to maintain during this process", wrote the woman, who identified herself as Alex. "I will continue to tell the truth about what happened to me and I appreciate all the support I've been receiving".

"We've got the #MeToo movement right now", he said.

The EOAA investigations began in October 2017, around 18 months after the alleged incidents occurred.

Pacyga said one allegation was of forcible intercourse, and the other allegation was of "digital penetration". They would look for all of these scientific methods that we have the technology to do that can either incriminate someone or clear their name.

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