Kicker booted from USC over misinterpreted ‘roughhousing’
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.”