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Two former Wake Forest players accused of sexual assault

Jeff Eisenberg
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As if a nine-loss football season and a 24-loss basketball season weren't difficult enough for Wake Forest fans to endure this school year, now two prominent Demon Deacons are in the news for all the wrong reasons.

A former Wake Forest student will appear on NBC's Today Show on Thursday morning to accuse two ex-Demon Deacon basketball players of raping her the night before the team's first-round NCAA tournament game in 2009. The Winston Salem Journal reported Tuesday that she filed a complaint at the time with the Miami police department alleging that guard Gary Clark sexually assaulted her in a hotel bathroom while teammate Jeff Teague stood watch outside.

Miami police investigated the woman's claims but did not file charges against either Clark or Teague because the players claimed the incident was consensual and the evidence was insufficient to prove otherwise. Clark started 26 games this past season for Wake Forest before graduating this spring, while Teague is in his second year in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks.

Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch issued a statement Tuesday addressing the accusations.

"The University takes these issues seriously, has a well-established Code of Conduct and has procedures for hearing alleged violations of that Code of Conduct," Hatch said. "In addition, Wake Forest offers significant resources to support our students in times of need."

The incident preceded an 84-69 first-round NCAA tournament loss to 13th-seeded Cleveland State, bringing to an end a tumultuous season in Winston Salem. Future first-round picks Teague, James Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu led Wake Forest all the way to a No. 1 ranking at midseason, but the Demon Deacons struggled down the stretch in ACC play before bowing out early in the postseason.

If the Duke lacrosse case taught us anything, it's that it's dangerous to draw conclusions without all the facts. Nonetheless, these are ugly allegations that cast the Wake Forest basketball program in a very negative light.

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