CSU-Pue­blo, for­mer foot­ball player Neal set­tle on law­suit

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben­jamin Arthur

Colorado State Univer­si­tyPue­blo has agreed to pay for­mer foot­ball player Grant Neal to set­tle a law­suit in which he ac­cused the univer­sity of falsely claim­ing he raped his girl­friend, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by The Pue­blo Chief­tain.

In the law­suit filed last year, Neal al­leged that CSU-Pue­blo acted against him be­cause of gen­der bias against male ath­letes and the univer­sity’s self­in­ter­est in its rep­u­ta­tion. He sought mon­e­tary com­pen­sa­tion and other noneco­nom­i­cal repa­ra­tions for dam­ag­ing his im­age and fu­ture prospects.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in 2015 when the univer­sity re­ceived a tip from a stu­dent about the al­leged in­ci­dent. Neal was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely from school when it was con­cluded that he “en­gaged in non­con­sen­sual sex­ual in­ter­course.”

Neal was not charged in court for rape or any other crime. Neal’s girl­friend did not ac­cuse Neal of non­con­sen­sual in­ter­course, and Neal said what took place was con­sen­sual.

A set­tle­ment was reached June 9 to re­solve the mat­ter, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments ob­tained by The Chief­tain. Both sides need un­til Fri­day to fi­nal­ize the agree­ment. The de­tails of the set­tle­ment have not been dis­closed.

Neal, who was a full­back, played a key role on the Thun­derWolves’ squad that won the 2014 NCAA Di­vi­sion II na­tional ti­tle. He played 10 games for CSU-Pue­blo in 2015 be­fore be­ing sus­pended.

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