By David Boclair
Jack Montague, a former Brentwood High School basketball star, will begin settlement talks Tuesday in his lawsuit against Yale University.
The Associated Press reported that discussions would take place in federal court in Bridgeport, Ct.
Montague was a senior and captain of Yale’s basketball team in 2016 when he was expelled after a woman accused him of a non-consensual sexual encounter two years earlier. No criminal charges ever were raised in the matter.
He seeks monetary damages and originally wanted the opportunity to re-enroll. He later went to Belmont and earned his undergraduate degree.
Last month, a U.S. District judge denied Yale’s motion to throw out many of Montague’s claims and allowed the matter to proceed, which set the stage for Tuesday’s settlement conference.
“Jack Montague has always maintained that his expulsion from Yale in February 2016 – at the very moment he and the Yale basketball team were about to head to the NCAA tournament, and just three months before he was to be awarded the degree which he had all but earned – was the result of an unfair and biased disciplinary process which had been programed from the start to result in his dismissal,” Montague’s attorney, Max Stern told The AP last month.
“Now a federal judge, having made a thorough review, has rejected Yale’s claims that Montague lacks evidence to support his case.”
Montague set Brentwood High School’s career assists record and helped the Bruins win three district titles and the 2012 region championship. He led the Ivy League in 3-point percentage (43.5) last season, when he started all 32 games.
He averaged 9.7 and 3.0 assists in 20 games for Yale in 2015-16 before he was kicked off the team and out of school.
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