The Detroit Free Press is reporting that former Michigan State wide receiver Keith Mumphery is suing the university after it was exposed by a Free Press article that Mumphery was expelled from the school for alleged sexual assault.
The article said that Mumphery was expelled in 2016 for and banned from the campus for violating the school’s relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy, according to MSU Police documents obtained by the Free Press.
After that report, Mumphery was cut by the Houston Texans and the lawsuit claimed that Mumphery was unable to complete his graduate degree and cost him a job in the NFL.
“Despite a previously unblemished disciplinary record and Michigan State’s initial finding of ‘no responsibility,’ Plaintiff now finds himself permanently dismissed from Michigan State based on false allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual exploitation by a female Michigan State student,” the lawsuit said as reported by the Free Press. “Michigan State’s findings were not based on any concrete evidence.
“The disciplinary process and ultimate finding were motivated by an anti-male and anti-athlete discriminatory bias against” Mumphery, who played for Michigan State from 2010-14.
The article also said that the woman is also suing the university alleging that it helped Mumphery come back to campus after he was expelled.
According to police documents, Mumphery was accused of sexually assaulting a student in her dorm room on March 17, 2015. The woman reported the case to police that night. There were conflicting accounts of who was the aggressor and whether elements of their sexual behavior were consensual, according to police.
He had finished his playing career with the Spartans and was drafted by the Texans in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft that May.
Michigan State Police forwarded the case to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, requesting third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in late March 2015. But in August 2015, the prosecutor’s office declined to press charges because the case couldn’t be proven beyond reasonable doubt.
Mumphery’s case did go through the Title IX process at Michigan State, and on June 7, 2016, he was emailed a letter saying he violated the university’s policy on relationship violence and sexual misconduct and could not re-enroll. He was banned from campus until Dec. 31, 2018.
Mumphery had 88 catches for 1,348 yards and 7 touchdowns in his Spartans career, from 2011-14. With the Texans, he has 24 catches for 198 yards in two seasons.