If you follow Mizzou, you’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard about this story. Your well-coiffed Scribe is known by his devoted fans, “de3iples” and readers as a sports agnostic; meaning, if I’ve seen it, you’ve probably seen it.
But, in this series, I intend to bring you the REST of the story.
This hit the sports pages a day after fifth year senior, University of Michigan Wolverines kicker Brendan Gibbons had been expelled for violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy, stemming from an incident that occurred in November, 2009.
November 2009, people; what is it with you sports lovers?
“Title IX says that when someone knows something, there has to be an immediate investigation, and there’s a 60-day window to investigate it and come up with what happens,” said Katherine Redmond Brown, founder of National Coalition Against Violent Athletes. “This is four years.”
Author Jeff Benedict and professor, and Todd Crosset, a sociologist conducted a national study on sexual assault among male student-athletes. It examined 107 cases at 30 colleges and found that “male student-athletes make up three percent of a given school’s male population but were responsible for 19 percent of the reported sexual assaults on campus.”
It also found that very few of those cases were publicly reported, but let’s get back to our girl Sasha and how this applies to her.
In August of 2009, Courey arrived at the MU Campus. You can still find her on the Tigers Women’s Swimming and Diving bio page. She graduated from Toronto’s Michael Power St Joseph High School and was majoring in Psychology.
In the Fall of 2009, Courey earned a 4.0 GPA but was sidelined due to an NCAA eligibility issue. In February 2010, life as Sasha knew it would be forever changed.
She had been out drinking heavily with her friend, whom ESPN’s Outside the Lines identified as Gilbert Moye, and the pair had consensual sex. Moye came to Mizzou as one of the stars of the 2007 recruiting class. He was a quarterback at Diboll, Texas, High School, where he transferred, after Hurricane Rita leveled his old school.
What happened next in Courey’s world and her recollection of it becomes a jumbled mess, clouded by way too much alcohol.
But for now, let’s refer to the online chat transcript between her and a rape crisis counselor for her version of what happened;
“[We] were falling asleep & then i heard the [door] open & some other guy walked in & locked the door & i couldnt really see who it was & i never saw a face the whole time…. but i remember just sitting upright in bed at the sound of someone walking in.”
“& i just remember feeling really scared thinking that the two guys had planned this or something. so my first thought was figure out who this other person was in case so that if i needed the information i would have it later… the guy told me his name & then he pulled down his pants & put on a condom & just knew i was screwed …”
Courey said she first tried to call a friend, then her former boyfriend, Missouri football receiver Rolandis Woodland for help…… while it was happening.
“… I started to panick & as i still on the phone trying to reach one of them tears start going down & the guy just lift up my dress & next thing i knew he inserts from behind. by that point tears were falling more but i wasnt loud & didnt anything. and then i just snapped and kind pushed him away & yelled no! and then he just left.”
In her altered state, Courey believed she’d been raped by another football player.
However just before her death, she somehow came in possession of a cell phone video of the alleged rape which she sent to her then best friend, Woodland. The video shows three other men involved.
After the rape, Courey began a slow decline, sharing bits and pieces of her story with a rape crisis counselor, a campus therapist, a campus nurse, two doctors and, according to her journal, an athletic department administrator.
And where’s Moye in all this; the one who had the consensual sex with Courey before the other guests arrived? The same month as the alleged rape, February, 2010, The Bleacher Report ran this story;
“The crowd that is Missouri’s offensive backfield has become a little less dense. Running back Gilbert Moye has left the team and will transfer from the University upon completion of the current semester.”
“Outside the Lines” chased Moye down and he initially agreed to an on-camera interview, but changed his mind, telling ESPN in a text:
“I’m concerned about myself. I would like to help as much as I can, but it was a really touchy subject and is still wearing on me now. Again I’m really sorry but I have nothin to gain from doing this.”
I’d agree, and my guess is, with this new investigation, the heat is about to get turned up on Moye and the unexpected party people.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Wednesday night to hire outside, independent legal counsel to investigate how the university addressed the alleged rape. The counsel will report findings no later than April 11 at the curators’ next meeting in Rolla.
Also, late to the party, the Columbia Police Department is now involved, with Sgt. Joe Bernhard stating, “Our detectives will do the best they can with the investigation. It was not reported to us until now and we are almost four years behind.”
I’ve reached out to Courey’s friend, Woodland, now in St. Louis, by email.
I’m hoping he’ll share his thoughts in the next part of the story. One question being, was Courey already on unstable ground, emotionally, before all this happened?
Stay tuned for Part Two.