The University of Washington is taking the police investigation into rape claims against one of its basketball players very seriously, coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday.
However, Romar said, at present, there is insufficient information to determine the appropriate action. And he said his full regular roster is expected to fly today to the Bay Area, where the Huskies will play at Stanford on Thursday and at California on Sunday.
Speaking to the media Tuesday, Romar said: “We have been informed that there is an investigation about an allegation with regard to one of our student-athletes. And I want you to know it is something that we take very serious at this point. I’m going to repeat that: It’s very serious.
“However, there is not nearly enough information at this point for us to determine what’s going to be done here. Right now, we just have to have a little more time to decide what’s going to come of it.
“Beyond that, I’m not going to say much more about it. ... I know that you’d like to know some things, but I just can’t.”
Some of the questions Romar declined to answer involved whether the school is doing its own investigation, information about the school’s policy for such investigations, or when he learned of the police investigation.
There were no comments at all from UW players, who for the first time this season were not made available as part of the weekly media event.
There also were no public updates from the Seattle Police Department, which is investigating a UW athlete in connection with the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl on Sunday.
The girl has not been named because of her age and her status as the victim of an alleged sexual assault. The athlete is not being named because he has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
When asked, Romar admitted he worries about his players when they are out of his sight, as he might with a family member. And he said he and his assistant coaches routinely discuss various behavioral issues with their players.
“We haven’t covered everything,” he said. “There are some situations that arise in sports and family situations that just haven’t happened to you before. It’s the first time you have to deal with that. There’s some situations there’s not necessarily a manual for it. But I think we have a together group; and whatever happens with our group, we usually deal with it together.”
As the Huskies prepare for their Bay Area trip, they are alone atop the Pacific-10 Conference standings and ranked No. 17 nationally.
Romar was asked if this off-court incident could affect things on the court.
“We will see,” he said. “Adversity, it’s always interesting how people handle it. It’s always interesting. So we will see.”
Romar also announced that sophomore point guard Abdul Gaddy of Tacoma will undergo surgery Friday to repair an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee.
“(That) is good, in that he can get his knee repaired and get back to where he’s playing good basketball again,” Romar said.
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