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Baylor has its “Duke lacrosse” comparison but it does not change the story

More victims of assault and rape by members of the Baylor football team have come forward in the past week.
More victims of assault and rape by members of the Baylor football team have come forward in the past week. AP

The high-fiving you hear coming from the much beleaguered Baylor fans is that the inevitable has finally happened - one of the victims who has come forward has a story that is unraveling quickly.

And just as alleged victim Dolores Lozano’s claims are being discredited by her own previous actions, another victim came forward on Wednesday night with a far more troubling story.

According to a report by KCENTV in Waco, a Baylor senior claimed she was raped in 2014 by a member of the Baylor football team; click here for the full report.

The alleged victim, named “Ally”, told KCEN, “I agreed to kiss him, I didn’t think that from that it would escalate to him being on top of me and completely disregarding anything that was coming out of my mouth.”

Per KCEN reporter Rissa Shaw, “Ally” has not reported the name of her attacker, but that he is currently on the team.

Ally’s story is troubling whereas the details of Delores Lozano’s are equally so for an entirely different reason.

For the first time since this story broke last August, the Baylor Rape Scandal has some similarities to the infamous Duke Lacrosse case of 2006.

That example embodied irrational, mob judgment and public prosecution long before actual due process exposed the whole thing.

The Baylor case has been multiple examples of incidents, most of which are several years old, that were not revealed in greater detail until August of 2015. The news was late to this case whereas the Duke example was one of immediate reaction. And there is no District Attorney blindly attacking the case despite mounting evidence to drop it the way Michael Nifong did.

The Baylor story did not really “pop” until Paula Lavigne’s report on ESPN’s Outside the Lines of former Baylor defensive end Tevin Elliott back in January.

The repeated examples of mismanaged, or ignored, cases were enough to warrant Baylor’s firing of head football coach Art Briles.

It was only a matter of time before a victim came forward whose story looked more like a money grab than one of ignored tragedy.

Since an attorney talked with veteran college football reporter Joe Schad with his client’s claim of being assaulted by former Baylor running back Devin Chafin in 2014, her credibility has come into question. She has filed a lawsuit against Baylor.

The initial claim by former Baylor student Dolores Lozano was that she was physically assaulted by Chafin, and coach Briles, assistant Jeff Lebby and a Baylor chaplain knew about the incidents.

Lebby, who is Briles’ son-in-law, has remained on staff along with all but two of the assistant coaches from last season.

Attempts to reach her attorney were not successful.

As I wrote two days when the story broke, acting head coach Jim Grobe will be dealing with these types of potential scenarios as long as the staffers from the Briles’ regime remain at Baylor. Right or wrong, the presumption will be that the staffers knew of the assaults and did not do enough.

The only way to cut that part of this story out is to fire them all - that way no one on the Baylor sidelines has any attachment to this saga. Given the timing, practice is less than two months away, that is not likely to happen.

What is likely to happen is the details of Lozano’s story and her claims will be held as an example of how Baylor has been wronged in this whole situation, and undo her lawsuit.

Chafin admitted to Joe Schad he did put his hands on Lozano but refuted any claims of abuse. She did not initially cooperate with Waco police, and it appears that Lozano continued a dialogue with Lebby after the incident in an effort to land a job within the Baylor athletic department.

Waco TV station KWTX reported that one year after the alleged incident, Lozano wrote a letter to Lebby asking for a recommendation for a BU job.

There is also a story floating that she once wrote a story for an ESPN radio station condemning the claims made by a former University of Tennessee female athletic trainer who accused former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning of sexual assault.

None of it says “victim.” It reeks of “opportunist.” It all successfully creates the cloud of suspicion necessary to dismiss Lozano’s claims outright.

She may have been assaulted, but why did she not report it? Why did she ask Jeff Lebby for a job?

So far it is one example of what so many feared would happen - lawyers would start lining up at McLane Stadium looking for a check.

There are going to be those examples which undermine the others and their attempt to find actual closure.