Note – this post includes explicit language, as detailed out within the legal document referenced.
In a follow-up to the latest update on the Western Kentucky University hazing allegations, which resulted in the swimming and diving program’s 5-year suspension, we reported that a former swimmer has now filed a federal lawsuit against the University.
Collin Craig the lawsuit against Western Kentucky University, Marchionda, WKU’s Athletic Director, Todd Stewart, as well as two associate athletic directors and 3 former teammates. Craig claims he was ‘physically, mentally and emotionally abused, suffered discrimination on the basis of his sex’ and that the abuse caused him to be ‘unable to enjoy his athletic scholarship.’
The actual complaint has now been made available, which names the 3 former teammates as Harrison Griffin, Seth Musser and Tyler Groneck. Among the alleged claims specific to these WKU swimmers, the affidavit states that “Mr. Craig was, on numerous occasions, intimidated by threats and forced to drink alcohol, underage, and repeatedly struck in the testicles by Harrison Griffin and Tyler Groneck, among others. Defendant Seth Musser also participated in intimidating Mr. Craig.”
Of the more than 40 charges included in the document, one alleges that “Mr. Craig was verbally abused throughout the named period, including being called the sexually offensive slur ‘pussy’ on countless occasions in the presence of numerous third parties.”
Another incident within the document describes Craig being choked to the point of passing out by one of the defendants, “causing headaches, throat bruising, and pain swallowing lasting for days.” A claim involving commission of a crime is also listed in the charges, described as defendants ordering Craig to “vandalize the statue of former WKU President Cherry.”
WKU spokesman Bob Skipper issued a statement Friday in regards to the lawsuit. The statement reads: “WKU completed a thorough investigation into this matter and will be defending the lawsuit filed by Mr. Craig. Given the fact this matter is in litigation, we do not feel as though we can make any further comment at this time and all other questions should be directed to our attorney, Thomas N. Kerrick.”
UPDATE: this article originally incorrectly identified a defendant’s name within the choking incident description. This has now been updated.