Skip to comments.Former kicker Brendan Gibbons permanently separated from University [Michigan] for sexual misconduct
Posted on 01/28/2014 3:25:23 PM PST by FlJoePa
Brendan Gibbons, the Michigan football teams starting kicker for the past three seasons, was permanently separated from the University of Michigan last month for violating the Universitys Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, according to documents reviewed by The Michigan Daily. More like this
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You will be permanently separated from the University of Michigan effective December 20, 2013, reads a Dec. 19, 2013 letter addressed to Gibbons at his Florida residence from the Universitys Office of Student Conflict Resolution, which facilitates disciplinary proceedings against students. The Michigan Daily did not obtain these documents from the University.
The permanent separation of Gibbons, who was a graduate student in the School of Social Work after graduating with a general studies degree, stems from an incident that was reported to have occurred on Nov. 22, 2009, according to documents. This corresponds with previous media reports that a sexual assault involving a Michigan football player occurred in the early morning hours of that day. Gibbons was a freshman and a member of the football team at the time that the conduct was alleged to have occurred.
In the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities as well as the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, the University uses the phrase permanent separation to refer to the expulsion of a student. The letter to Gibbons, signed by Stacy Vander Velde, associate director of OSCR, stated that he would be prohibited from taking any further courses at the University and that his student privileges would be revoked.
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” a graduate student in the School of Social Work after graduating with a general studies degree,”
Worthless and worthless.
Got to hand it to that crack investigative staff - 4-plus years to come to a decision!
On to Sandusky next . . .
He must have done more than just lurking in the Men’s room at Mason Hall. That place was notorious for homosexual hookups in the bathroom stalls over 30 years ago.
A slam dunk for running for congress on the dim ticket.
What exactly was the nature of the crime?
Alleged rape by the kicker and alleged intimidation not to report by AA lineman Lewan (told the girl if she ratted the kicker out, she’d get raped again).
There has been an active cover up though since the incident.
After the expulsion letter, Gibbons did not play against OSU for an undisclosed injury “tweak” and then not in the barbeque bowl for “family issues” as portrayed by Brady Hoke, UM’s football coach.
Apparently court records were dumped onto the internet making the coverup impossible to continue.
Also involved is Taylor Lewan, an offensive lineman more than on the field. Lewan threatened the victim with rape if she didn’t shut up. He most recently was involved in an assault on an OSU fan post game 2013. His playing time was never interrupted. His threat to rape only resulted in talking to by the police. Lewan is expected to be a high round draft pick and is known for being a dirty player.
This announcement is also very unusual, not because of the charges, but because of the very protective relationship UM has with local law enforcement and the press.
You will recall the largest cheating scandal in NCAA basketball history, the Fab Five was well known to the likes of Mitch Albom. However, it was not written about and he continued to work on his book about them.
Obviously, the press again looked the other way to maintain access.
The internet once again has made it difficult for a coverup. Bo used to keep it “in the family” but things now have a way to sneak out. Hell, a UM football player actually shot at cops without repercussion. Now that is institutional control.
The police reports, hers, and his, are each in their own way damning.
I have an obviously compromised opinion on anything like this, but this is a tough one to sell for UM.
This case is actually very similar to the FSU case. Makes you wonder how many more there are out there.
I’m concerned about the victim, disappointed the expulsion was 4 years too late, and waiting for the media to pounce. Or not.
Meanwhile, the athletic department's optics here are horrible. Having him on the team is not the issue, or if it is it's on Rodriguez's head. The incident was a year old and seemingly dead when Hoke came in; without the OSCR or other university body stepping in there would be no reason to reconsider Gibbons's status. But once they knew things were coming to a head they could not have been dumber about this. Not content with offering up the generic and 100% true "violation of team rules" explanationbeing enrolled at the university is kind of important if you're going to be on the teamthey chose to cloak Gibbons's departure in a thin veneer of sympathy by claiming "family issues." That is a lie. Now they look horrible, and for something a bit more serious than having a noodle in the stadium. Meanwhile, Hoke's explanation for Gibbons's unavailability for Ohio State is questionable at best. Was this "tweak" legitimate? Is it at all plausible that Gibbons was "iffy" for the bowl game on December 16th, three days before the very last gear of ponderous university justice ground to a halt? "He's a little iffy," Hoke said. "He's kicking a little bit. But I don't want to over-kick him (in practice). "I've never been a kicker, so I can't imagine that (muscle pull) problem. So, he's a little iffy." There is absolutely no chance that Brady Hoke was not fully informed of the status of his kicker by this point. Dave Brandon did not call Brady up on the 19th and say "you're never going to believe this, but
" That's also a lie, and in the service of what cause again?
Yeah - surprising stupidity from Hoke and UM there. He should have just given it the “team rules” or even a “I can’t comment” line.
Doing what he did - invoking feigned injury, pretend family problems was just an epic fail.
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