Settlement Reached in WKU Hazing Lawsuit

Former Western Kentucky swimmer Collin Craig has reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the school over hazing allegations, The Bowling Green Daily News reports.

Allegations of hazing and a Title IX investigation into the program eventually led Western Kentucky to suspend its swimming & diving program for 5 years in the spring of 2015.

Then last fall, news broke that Craig, a former swimmer on the team, would be suing the school and a number of school and team officials alleging that he was abused physically, mentally and emotionally by his teammates and that the athletic department was negligent in preventing and punishing that abuse.

Attorneys for both sides confirmed in the Bowling Green Daily News story that the suit had been settled:

“The case in full has been resolved and everybody is moving on,” Craig’s lawyer Vanessa Cantley said. “We’re happy with the way the university handled the investigation and felt like they did what they needed to do on that end. Hopefully, Collin can put this behind him now and continue to swim.”

Craig now competes for the University of the Pacific.

WKU’s attorney had this to say:

“This is an economic resolution of a doubted and disputed claim,” Kerrick said in a statement e-mailed to the Daily News. “Western Kentucky University and its employees continue to assert their position that they did not act inappropriately against Mr. Craig or violate his rights. This brings this matter to a conclusion and Western Kentucky University will provide no other comment related to the matter.”

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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