Former Nebraska Women’s Basketball Player Files Lawsuit Alleging Inaction by Coach and Athletic Director in Sexual Relationship Case

Former Nebraska women’s basketball player, Ashley Scoggin, has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court against coach Amy Williams, athletic director Trev Alberts, and other defendants, alleging that they failed to take appropriate action when her sexual relationship with assistant coach Chuck Love became widely known. Scoggin’s attorney, Maren Chaloupka, described the case as a troubling example of predatory coaches pursuing sexual relationships with student-athletes.

According to the lawsuit, Scoggin had an internship in the athletic department during the summer of 2021, where Love allegedly took a special interest in her. The relationship eventually turned sexual, causing Scoggin to fear retaliation if she refused to engage in it. The lawsuit further claims that Williams and Alberts did not establish rules, training, or policies prohibiting staff members from having sexual relationships with athletes, creating an environment where such misconduct was inevitable.

Scoggin, who played two seasons for the Cornhuskers, was dismissed from the team on the same day Love was suspended with pay in February 2022. Love later resigned three months later. Scoggin now plays for UNLV.

The lawsuit alleges that Williams and Alberts failed to address the situation appropriately, casting Scoggin as a seducer and a liar and allowing other team members to berate and accuse her. Scoggin was not informed of her rights under Title IX and was told she was off the team in a meeting with Williams and other administrators.

The University of Nebraska spokesperson, Melissa Lee, stated that the school was made aware of the lawsuit and does not agree with the allegations, intending to vigorously defend the matter.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial in Lincoln and unspecified damages for the alleged violation of Scoggin’s civil rights. The case highlights the issue of power imbalances between professional coaches and student-athletes and the responsibility of universities to prevent and address such predatory situations.

Author: CrimeDoor

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  1. According to a study conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), only 1.3% of women’s college basketball players go on to play professionally. This statistic highlights the challenges and competitiveness of pursuing a career in professional basketball for female athletes.

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