I know that Hawks fans like myself are feeling at least somewhat optimistic, given the fact we actually showed up this postseason, won our first round series in less than seven games (finally) in upset fashion, no less. We are also glad to have not been swept, and most importantly we saw the emergence of Jeff Teague! He finally got his fair chance when Larry Drew had no choice but to play him, and noe Drew will have to answer critical questions if Teague ever receives a DNP-CD again. However, this might be the worst offseason coming up for Teague.
He has been accused of sexual assault, in addition to another former Wake player, Gary Clark. I maintain that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but these types of allegations will undoubtedly be taken very seriously, and this story might explode after it officially breaks tomorrow on NBC's Today Show. Tune in to find out. Aso of now, it is only a local storyline, but I think national coverage will follow shortly.
The accusor is a former female Wake Forest Student, and it apparently happened in Miami the night before Wake got upset (slaughtered) by Cleveland State in the #4 seed vs. 13 seed matchup in March 2009. At this point, we don't have much information but I meant to inform all of you in order to prepare you in case national coverage blows up on this. Apparently a Wake Forest conduct board investigation already took place in May of 2009, in which no wrongdoing was concluded, but if accusations still exist more investigations will probably occur.
Here's the first link where I heard of the story: when I first read about it, I hoped it wouldn't be Teague.
Here are more links, where the names of the accused come out:
I'm sure there are more links, most on the local news level. Here's the only national coverage that I have seen of the story so far:
It appears from this that Clark was the main person accused, and that Teague was out of the room at the time, but other articles say that both are responsible for alleged sexual assault. As a Hawks fan, I want this to pass and want for Teague to be proven not guilty, so he can continue to play well and carry over the postseason momentum. However this woman has the right to accuse them if she felt wronged, and if sexual assault did happen, justice would need to be done. Tough situation potentially. I am sure we will know more of this situation soon enough.