Reggie Lynch’s lawyer compares ‘#MeToo’ movement to Japanese internment camps
Ryan Pacyga, the lawyer for Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch, spoke with reporters on Wednesday and made a perplexing comparison.
Lynch has faced three different allegations of sexual misconduct that were investigated by the university, and he was suspended indefinitely by the athletic department last week. On Wednesday, Pacyga compared the climate of the “#MeToo” movement — which has empowered women to speak out against harassment and assault in recent months — to the one surrounding Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Abby Simons of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweeted out quotes.
Pacyga went on to say he was not “taking down” the #MeToo movement because “he has a daughter.”
Pacyga denied all allegations against Lynch in a lengthy press conference.
“(Lynch) fully cooperated with a university investigation on his own without the presence of a lawyer; he attended multiple interviews with university individuals on his own where he was asked clarifying questions,” Pacyga said, according to the Star Tribune.
Last week, Lynch was found responsible in a university investigation into an on-campus sexual assault that occurred in April 2016. The Gophers’ athletic department suspended Lynch indefinitely, but he was not kicked off the team.
On Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported another woman had come forward alleging sexual misconduct against Lynch. It was the third allegation against Lynch, and the university recommended expulsion for the senior basketball player.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Lynch — the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year — remained part of the Minnesota basketball program.