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Yale QB denies report on Rhodes suspension

Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:12 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 1:13 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Yale quarterback who missed an interview for the Rhodes scholarship when it coincided with "The Game" has denied a New York Times report claiming the Rhodes program had already suspended his candidacy.

Bulldog signal-caller Patrick Witt received national acclaim when he publicly declined the Rhodes interview in order to lead his team against archrivals Harvard. But the Times published a story yesterday stating that "a fellow student had accused Witt of sexual assault," though no "formal complaint" was ever lodged with the university and the student declined to go to police. 

The accusation, the Times reported, resulted in the Rhodes Trust suspending Witt's candidacy "several days" before his scheduled interview.

Witt has responded with a public statement issued by his representation (obtained by Deadspin) that denies the Times' connection between the accusation and his withdrawal from the Rhodes program, calling the assault claim "an informal complaint process that had concluded on campus weeks prior to his withdrawal – a process that yielded no disciplinary measures, formal reports, or referrals to higher authorities." The statement also asserts Witt's withdrawal was entirely voluntary. The statement reads in part:
To be clear, Patrick's Rhodes candidacy was never "suspended", as the article suggests, and his official record at Yale contains no disciplinary issues.

Patrick formally withdrew his candidacy for the Rhodes Scholarship on Sunday, November 13, in an email to both the Regional Secretary and the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust. He withdrew after being informed in an email from the Regional Secretary on November 8 that the Rhodes Committee would not reschedule Patrick's final interview, which would overlap Yale's football game versus Harvard on November 19 ...

As this decision process unfolded, Patrick became aware that an anonymous source had contacted the Rhodes Trust with false information purporting to reference an informal – and confidential – complaint within the University. In light of this, and given the short period of time between this occurrence and the potential final interview, the Rhodes Trust asked for an additional letter of reference for Patrick from Yale. By that time, however, Patrick had already informed Athletic Department officials that he intended to withdraw his candidacy due to the inability to reschedule his final interview, and that he would issue a statement to this effect following the Princeton game on November 12 ...

Regarding the information contained in the informal complaint, neither Patrick nor the other parties are permitted by confidentiality rules to discuss details of the matter, though it is important to note that the [university] committee took no further action after hearing the informal complaint. Patrick is aware that the informal complaint was filed by a person he had known for many months prior and with whom he had engaged in an on-again, off-again relationship beginning in the Spring of 2011 and ending about two months before the informal complaint was filed.
According to the Times, a female student had gone to the school's Sexual Assault Harassment and Response and Education Center last September claiming that Witt "had assaulted her in her dormitory room." The student then registered the informal complaint with the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct.

The Times offered no account of the Committee's response, writing that "many aspects of the situation remain unknown, including some details of the allegation against Witt; how he responded; [and] how it was resolved."

The dispute over Witt's candidacy comes at a time when the Yale football program is already sensitive to issues of truth-telling when it comes to the Rhodes; former Bulldog head coach Tom Williams resigned in December after admitting that he had not, in fact, applied for the scholarship as he had claimed on his resume (as well as interviews regarding Witt).
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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:36 pm
 

Yale QB denies report on Rhodes suspension

Hazebanks151: The problem with you comment is...these days you can't get into an Ivy League school unless you are a liberal...so all he has to do to be POTUS is to learn to read a telepompter and dance with facts.<br />




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:34 pm
 

Yale QB denies report on Rhodes suspension

Let's see: he went to Yale.  He was smart enough or connected enough to game the system there, and any accusations of inappropriate behavior are buried before they can really gain any momentum.  If he can dumb down his speech patterns, he sounds like a future Republican POTUS to me.
My guess is you'll never have to worry about any connections to Yale.



Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:08 am
 

Yale QB denies report on Rhodes suspension

You should read the NYT article.  It details the vagabond nature of both Patrick Witt and his brother.  Patrieck went to three different high schools (in different states) to get playing time as a QB.  Then, when he was at Nebraska, his father demanded Patrick be named the starter.  When that didn't happen, Patrick bolted to Yale, supposedly because of the better educational opportunities.  While at Nebraska he had a couple of minor run-ins with the law.  Nothing outside a normal college experience.  But it shows to the character of the young man. 

Once Patrick has to deal with the real world, I think he'll crumble.  There are only so many places he can run to, and those will run out.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Yale QB denies report on Rhodes suspension

Let's see: he went to Yale.  He was smart enough or connected enough to game the system there, and any accusations of inappropriate behavior are buried before they can really gain any momentum.  If he can dumb down his speech patterns, he sounds like a future Republican POTUS to me.



Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Yale QB denies report on Rhodes suspension

So either way, some well-to-do suburbanite doesn't get to mingle with Old Etonians and rich brats from Dubai? No sympathy here.


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