Where the University of Missouri has chosen not to open an investigation into the allegations of rape of former Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, the Columbia Police Department has decided that they will.
According to DeadSpin.com, the Columbia PD has decided to open an investigation following the report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
After Courey committed suicide, it was discovered that she had told several people, including crisis counselors, that she was raped by members of the Missouri football team.
The statement from the university on the matter:
As a result of information that first came to the University of Missouri’s attention in a Friday, January 24th report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines program related to former student-athlete Sasha Menu Courey, the MU Police Department submitted information to the Columbia Police Department (CPD) on the evening of Saturday, January 25th. This information from ESPN’s story included names of individuals who might have relevant information regarding the alleged February 2010 assault.
After review of this new information which was previously unavailable to MU, it was determined that the alleged assault occurred off campus, and therefore lies within the jurisdiction of CPD. The university will assist CPD in any way possible as they conduct their investigation.
The university’s tone in this statement has turned from a tone of combativeness with the “angle” of the report in statements made before its release into one of cooperation, and seeming credit to the Outside the Lines report for providing new information.
Watch the full Outside the Lines report here, where ESPN says that at least one athletic department staffer knew of the allegations. Read our first report, including links to statements from Missouri, here.