Corey Maggette denies 1999 rape allegations: Report
Previous Duke Blue Devils star and ex-NBA veteran Corey Maggette has recently been accused of rape by a woman at the middle of Duke’s investigation into an alleged 1999 sexual assault.
In accordance with a report by the New York Times, the lawyer for Meredith Watson said in a statement few days ago that Watson had been raped by a former Duke basketball player, but she did not identify the player. On Monday, a childhood friend of Meredith Watson’s, and the Facebook messages Watson exchanged with another friend, identified the player in question as Maggette.
A woman who has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault also claims she was raped by former NBA player Corey Maggette while they were students at Duke. https://t.co/bYEloMHBLS pic.twitter.com/4CNbUqLwUM
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 12, 2019
Maggette, who played in the NBA for 14 seasons after leaving Duke, denied the allegations in a statement to The Times.
“It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” he said. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”
Maggette, 39, presently works as a Fox Sports West color commentator for Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts, but he was pulled from Monday night’s Clippers-Timberwolves game after the report came up.
In addition to the Maggette rape allegations, Watson also claims that Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina, when they were both students in 2000.