Some even more serious news and allegations coming in late tonight, these having to do with the University of Washington and a "prominent" male basketball player who has not yet been identified but been alleged to have raped a 16-year-old girl late Saturday/early Sunday.
The student-athlete in question has not been arrested or charged with any crime yet. The victim, because she is underage, will remain anonymous as far as the police are concerned.
We know next to nothing about nearly every facet surrounding this case, but multiple news organizations have picked up on the story, plus the university itself has acknowledged the situation at hand. Here is the full statement from the University of Washington, regarding the matter:
"The department of intercollegiate athletics has learned of a police investigation based on allegations surrounding a current UW student-athlete. At this time, the university does not have comment on the matter. Furthermore, neither department officials, nor members of the UW men’s basketball coaching staff or team will comment on the matter at tomorrow’s open media session. Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Seattle Police Department."
More from the Seattle Times.
Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel did not identify the suspect but confirmed there is "an active and ongoing sexual assault unit investigation." KIRO-TV identified the suspect as a "prominent" athlete.KIRO TV in Seattle was the first to supply the PDF of the police report and claims the parties in question met through Facebook. There are many more details in KIRO's story that you can read here. Some are unseemly, just as a warning.
This is an extremely serious case, as you can tell, and again, no arrests or charges have been made yet. The investigation is still in its early stages and plenty is to be discovered and decided.
What's undeniable: the basketball program's just taken on a huge distraction, no matter if the student-athlete in question is innoncent or not.