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Report: Lawsuit Claims Butch Jones Called Player Who Helped Alleged Rape Victim A "Traitor"

Butch Jones surrounded by his players.


Two weeks back, it was reported that six unnamed womenhad filed a Title IX lawsuit against Tennessee, alleging that the school "created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student-athletes.” Wednesday, Nate Rau and Matt Slovin of The Tennesseean dropped a bombshell report regarding the case. 

According to the report, a new legal filing claims that head football coach Butch Jones told one of his players, who helped a woman who claimed she'd been raped by two football players, that he'd "betrayed the team." The player, Drae Bowles, was later called back by Jones - and the coach apologized for telling him he was a "traitor to the team." Bowles transferred from the university later that season.

The filing also suggests that Bowles was punched by teammate Curt Maggitt regarding the incident. Here's more:

According to the lawsuit, Jones and Maggitt were upset at Bowles because he helped a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by UT football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams.

Bowles found the woman, a friend of his identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe IV, crying and hyperventilating in a parking lot in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014, according to the lawsuit. They called 911 and arranged to meet an ambulance at Volunteer Hall.

Later that day, Maggitt confronted Bowles and “asked accusing questions,” the filing said.

It's important to note that Bowles' claims came as part of a sworn declaration. You can read more details over at The Tennesseean. They're shocking, to say the least. 

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It goes without saying - but if Bowles' statements are true, Jones' actions are unacceptable. Neither the school nor Jones has yet to comment on the report.