Oregon Dismisses Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis, and Brandon Austin After Rape Investigation

Following a rape investigation centered on Oregon basketball players Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis, and Brandon Austin, the three Ducks players have been removed from the team.

The charges against the three players were dropped on April 14 due to insufficient evidence, although the district attorney’s office stated that there is “no doubt the incidents occurred” according to the Providence Journal.

Dotson and Artis were both rotation players for the Ducks this season, averaging 23.8 and 16.9 minutes per game this season, respectively. Austin had not yet suited up for the Ducks after transferring to the school mid-year from Providence, where he had been suspended indefinitely. Austin’s suspension at Providence College was also related to a sexual assault allegation, though according to the Providence Journal, Friars coach Ed Cooley did not discuss the reason for the suspension with Oregon’s Dana Altman.

Last January, when Oregon announced that Austin was transferring into the program, Oregon coach Dana Altman said of Austin’s departure from Providence: “In talking with their coaching staff, we felt like this was something that was not of a serious nature and we’d be able to move on from there.”

On Tuesday, Providence coach Ed Cooley said he did speak with Altman in January but denied discussing specifics of Austin’s troubles. When Oregon’s coach asked why Austin was leaving, Cooley said, he told him that he “wasn’t at liberty to talk about an ongoing campus investigation.”

The Providence case involving Austin is still being investigated.

Oregon AD Rob Mullens also says that he was unaware of the past allegations against Austin.

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