Kicker booted from USC over mis­in­ter­preted ‘rough­hous­ing’

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports.

The girl­friend of for­mer USC place­kicker Matt Bo­er­meester is ac­cus­ing the univer­sity of con­duct­ing an un­fair Ti­tle IX in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­mov­ing him from the foot­ball team for al­leged abuse that she says never hap­pened.

In a state­ment through her lawyer, Zoe Katz, a 22-year-old se­nior, told the Los An­ge­les Times that a neigh­bor wit­nessed her and her boyfriend “rough­hous­ing” out­side of their house and no­ti­fied USC’s ath­letic depart­ment. Bo­er­meester and Katz, who have dated for more than a year, both main­tained that they were just play­ing around and the in­ci­dent had been mis­in­ter­preted. When sum­moned by USC Ti­tle IX of­fi­cials, Katz de­nied the al­le­ga­tion of abuse.

But a Ti­tle IX in­ves­ti­ga­tion had al­ready been set in mo­tion, and USC sus­pended Bo­er­meester in Fe­bru­ary for what it called a “stu­dent-con­duct issue.”

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