BEHIND the Curious Case of USC’s Blessed Student Athletes

A Title IX investigation resulted in Matt Boermeester’s dismissal from the football team and left Zoe Katz fearful—of the school, not her boyfriend…Zoe Katz, a 22-year-old college student, waited six months to go public with her side of the scandal that’s darkened her senior year at the University of Southern California. She waited not because she fears retribution from an abusive partner, as her school’s Title IX office reportedly insists. But, by her own account, because she was (and remains) afraid of recrimination from the Title IX office that investigated and suspended her boyfriend, a member of the football team, for “abusing” her—an allegation she firmly denies. “I want to be very clear that I have never been abused, assaulted or otherwise mistreated by Matt,” she wrote in a two-page statement By Alice B. Lloyd

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