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Expelled basketball player sues Xavier University
CINCINNATI (AP) - A former Xavier University basketball player is suing the school, alleging it damaged his reputation by expelling him for what he says was a false sexual assault accusation.
Dez Wells' federal lawsuit also names the private Catholic school's president as a defendant. A statement from Father Michael Graham says the university denies the allegations and will defend its decision.
Xavier expelled Wells a year ago after a woman accused him of sexual assault. A Hamilton County grand jury then decided against indicting him, and the prosecutor publicly questioned the school's expulsion.
Wells, who is from Raleigh, N.C., was a freshman star for Xavier. He transferred to University of Maryland and was a top player there last season.
His lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory, punitive and special damages to be determined at trial.
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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23: Dezmine Wells #5 of the Xavier Musketeers reacts against the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)