Troubled path for UO basketball player Austin

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by Kyle Iboshi, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

PORTLAND -- Brandon Austin was a prized college recruit.

Austin was named the most valuable player in his high school's championship basketball game and he scored 91 points in a charity game.

But police reports help illustrate a troubled path from Rhode Island to Oregon involving a pair of sexual assault allegations.

Providence police spoke with a female victim on March 6, 2014. According to an incident report, the 18-year-old female victim "alleged that two male Providence College students sexually assaulted her on November 2nd into the early hours of November 3rd 2013."  

A police detective wrote the alleged sexual assault took place on the Providence College Campus.

Three days later, Providence College announced that freshman players Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock were suspended for not upholding their responsibilities as student athletes.

"We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made," said Providence basketball coach Ed Cooley.

On January 9, 2014, the University of Oregon announced Brandon Austin would be transferring to Eugene.

Oregon head basketball coach Dana Altman said he'd spoken with Providence coaches.

"We felt like this was something that was not of a serious nature and we'd be able to move on from there," said Altman in an online interview with GoDucks.com.

Exactly three months later, Austin found himself in a similar situation. Austin and two other Oregon basketball players were accused of sexually assaulting a female student.

In police reports, the victim says the men forced her to have sex with them at an off-campus house party and later sexually assaulted her again after she accompanied them to an apartment.

The district attorney declined to prosecute the case because of "conflicting statements and actions by the victim."

In Providence, police said the case is still under investigation.

The incident report shows detectives are looking at the victim's cell phone.

"There may be text messages between her and one of the suspects that were on her phone," wrote a detective.

Investigators have also taken audio statements.

Austin is still enrolled at the University of Oregon. His defense lawyer did not return phone calls for comment.

Outside his Eugene apartment, a complex employee said, "He doesn't live here anymore."

 

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