It’s a young athlete’s dream: recruited by a school for their athletic achievements, playing their favorite sport on the varsity team, the hard work of many years of training paying off. In addition, new name, image, likeness policies may even allow a financial reward from that success. But an accusation by another student or teammate can derail a college athlete’s future in a heartbeat.
“Student-athletes are less likely to be treated fairly by the school.”
Unfortunately, cases involving student-athletes may get more attention from a university. And that’s not to the athlete’s advantage. Schools may see an athlete’s suspension or expulsion after a Title IX hearing as a warning to the rest of the students.
Andrew Miltenberg and his team of experienced Title IX attorneys will ensure that your child receives due process and is afforded the rights they are entitled to. If there’s any evidence of a gender bias or a denial of due process or fundamental fairness, a Title IX lawsuit can be filed on your behalf.
When Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Since student-athletes have a high profile, they may be especially vulnerable to sexual misconduct allegations. With so much on the line, accusations must be taken seriously.
Legal representation will ensure:
- The college or university follows its published standards
- The accused has access to accuser and witness statements and materials
- The accused can submit witnesses and materials and questions for the accuser
- The accused has a right to appeal, if necessary
- The accused has a full and fair opportunity to be heard
We’re here to protect your rights and your future.
Call us at 212-736-4500 or contact us below for a consultation.
ATHLETES & COACHES
The NFL Career that Almost Wasn’t
In August 2018, University of Wisconsin football star Quintez Cephus was suspended indefinitely from the team when two women accused him of sexual assault. Soon after, he was expelled. A year later, Cephus was acquitted of all charges. Though UW reinstated Cephus in August of 2019 and he was drafted by the Detroit Lions the following spring, damage had been done. Cephus’s attorney, Andrew T. Miltenberg, said making it to the NFL is a second chance few others get.
Though Cephus was ultimately drafted, Miltenberg filed suit on his behalf to help prevent what happened to him from happening to other student-athletes. “What we’re arguing for is not who’s right or wrong,” says Miltenberg. “It’s for the process.”
– As covered in Channel 3000
ATHLETES & COACHES
Colorado Football Star
Grant Neal, a football standout at CSU-Pueblo, was blindsided by a sexual misconduct charge after an intimate night that he contended had been consensual. When it became clear that the school was not handling his case fairly, he contacted Andrew Miltenberg. Miltenberg filed a lawsuit against CSU-Pueblo alleging that the student’s due-process rights were violated.
Miltenberg described Neal as in a “new class of victims, and those victims are young men who essentially have been railroaded.” The suit was settled, and Neal is moving on with his life.
– As covered in The Washington Post
What We Do for You
We are committed to advocating for accused student-athletes and coaches, due process under the law is a right, not a privilege. We believe that the serious nature of the accusations and the life-altering—and potentially career-ending—adverse consequences of being found responsible make this a critically important fight. We are also skilled at laying the foundation for a lawsuit, if such becomes necessary.
We have represented student-athletes across the country, and we will help you. Call us at 212-736-4500 or contact us today and you can expect to hear from Andrew Miltenberg within two hours.
Your next steps:
- DO call for a free consultation.
- DO NOT speak with anyone about your case.
- DO take time to learn the school’s process and code of conduct.
- DO NOT go on social media to discuss your case.
- DO consider the psychological impact and take appropriate steps to ensure you remain calm.
FAQs: More to Know