Quintez Cephus was set to be Wisconsin’s No. 1 wide receiver entering the year. After allegations of sexual assault by two women led to his suspension, Cephus is now suing the school.
Cephus is at the center of two investigations: one criminal, and one by the university into his conduct.
The situation has placed him in a catch-22, his attorneys say. If he participates in the university investigation, it could harm his legal defense.
Even without his participation, the UW investigation proceeds, and could lead to his expulsion from the school.
As a result, Cephus is suing the university, seeking it to halt its investigation until the criminal case is over. He is also seeking damages from the school.
“Defendants have knowingly and intentionally forced (Cephus) into the predicament of having to either waive his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by choosing to participate in the university process despite the potential harm to his criminal defense,” the lawsuit states, “or decline to participate in the university’s process thus leading to the inevitable finding of responsibility and severe sanctions.”
Sanctions can include expulsion from UW.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified money for emotional and psychological damage, damage to Cephus’ reputation and future career prospects, and past and future economic losses, among other damages. It characterizes Cephus as a “star wide receiver” and “a strong candidate to be a high draft pick in the National Football League.”
Quintez Cephus is accused of having sex with two women who allege that they were too intoxicated to consent.
Cephus says that the sex was consensual, and his defense team points to videos from outside of his apartment complex and text messages between Cephus and one of the women as evidence that it was consensual.
He will be in court on Thursday for arraignment.