Lawyer: Gophers' Lynch denies sexual assault allegations


Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball player Reggie Lynch is reportedly facing potential expulsion following a third sexual assault allegation. The university's investigator recommended Lynch be suspended from campus until August 1, 2020.

Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Abby Simons of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweeted out quotes.

"He wanted his side of the story out", Pacyga said.

Pacyga denied all allegations against Lynch in a lengthy press conference.

Attorney Ryan Pacyga said at a news conference Wednesday that the 23-year-old senior center never had sexual contact with either woman.

The third woman coming forward against Lynch "resulted in a January 3 finding by the U's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) that Lynch was responsible for sexual misconduct in an alleged sexual assault that occurred on April 7, 2016", Olson and Stahl wrote.

An attorney for suspended University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch said Wednesday his client "categorically and vehemently" denies allegations of sexual assault.

Pacyga compared the accusations against Lynch and the current climate towards sexual misconduct to the hysteria that led to Japanese internment camps during World War II.

Pacyga said that because Lynch is a popular athlete, it's hard for him to recall interactions that occurred 18 months ago, and repeatedly questioned why the accusers didn't immediately make reports.

Asked whether he considered Lynch a victim, Pacyga paused.

"The specifics of my case being discussed is a violation of the privacy I've tried to maintain during this process", wrote the woman, who identified herself as Alex. "I will continue to tell the truth about what happened to me".

"We've got the #MeToo movement right now", he said.

Pacyga also questioned why it took months for the accusers to report the incidents.

Pacyga wouldn't provide details but called it a "she said, he said" situation made more hard because the allegations were made months after the incidents and key evidence is no longer available. "... Had these incidents been reported in a timely manner, Reggie Lynch could have been vindicated".

Pacyga lamented the university's investigative process and the lack of evidence against Lynch, adding that he has been "robbed" of the opportunity to be exonerated because of 18-month lag in filing the complaints. They would look for all of these scientific methods that we have the technology to do that can either incriminate someone or clear their name.



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