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Former Coppin State Hoops Star Sues School Over Alleged Sexual Assault and Blackmail

December 28, 2022 | Kali Girl

A former Coppin State University (CSU) basketball player has filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging that an assistant coach sexually assaulted and blackmailed him. According to reports, the player, Ibn Williams, thought he was communicating with a woman through social media when he sent explicit texts and photos of himself during his freshman year. However, it is alleged that he was actually communicating with Lucian Brownlee, a former Coppin guard who held positions as the Director of Player Development and Director of Basketball Operations, reports The Grio.

Coppin State University basketball player Williams has accused teammate Brownlee of manipulating him into sending explicit photos and texts, as well as blackmailing him into recording a sexual encounter.  According to Hollywood Unlocked, the complaint also names head coach Juan Dixon, alleging that he failed to take appropriate action upon learning of the situation and even reportedly forced Williams to attend practice the following day. These allegations have sparked outrage and raised questions about the handling of the situation at the university.

CSU has been named in a complaint after officials allegedly retaliated against student athlete Williams by withholding his financial aid and housing, claiming that Williams was responsible for the negative media attention surrounding an incident involving Williams. Williams’ attorney, Daniel Epstein of Epstein Ostrove, stated that the way Williams was treated was “abhorrent.”

The lawsuit alleges that Brownlee, a senior at CSU, exchanged sexual content with the person harassing Williams in the spring of 2019. When Williams refused to send more explicit material, Brownlee allegedly leaked the content. The lawsuit claims that during the 2018-2019 basketball season, Williams continued to respond to the harassing messages in an attempt to maintain his scholarship, position in the basketball program, and tuition and housing payments.

In March 2020, a series of exchanges between Williams and a blackmailer led Williams and his attorney to believe that the blackmailer was none other than Brownlee, now a coach at Colorado State University (CSU). Despite the university’s anti-sexual harassment policy, no action was taken to address the situation, according to a lawsuit filed by Williams.

Williams’ attorney, Epstein, believes that Brownlee, who has a history of mental illness, should not have been hired as a coach by the university and that “the coach should have known better than to put this person in a position of seniority.” Brownlee is no longer employed at CSU. Williams eventually completed his last semester remotely at CSU before transferring to another university to finish his degree requirements.

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