By JAMIE GRISWOLD
The father of a 16-year-old who says she was sexually assaulted by a University of Washington basketball player says it's about time the UW released the name of the player involved.
"My only request at this point is to let the player's name be known," says the father, who will go unnamed to protect the identity of his daughter.
The father told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson on Friday that he's had many people approach him asking who the player is, and many people are making wrong assumptions.
"Because he [UW Coach Lorenzo Romar] is protecting one player, there's accusations going on about all the other players," he says. "A lot of people are assuming the wrong student athlete, because they don't know any better, because the school won't say who the one is."
According to the father, the meeting between the 16-year-old and the player began after chatting on facebook, "which then led to texting one another. The texting led to agreeing to meet each other at a place in Seattle Saturday night, and then from that place she got into his vehicle and they drove to a different part of Seattle, stopping by a store to buy liquor, and then going to an apartment that he had access to."
The father says he just wants the school to identify the player that drove his daughter to the house where she was reportedly assaulted.
"Name the player that took my daughter to this house, and if nothing he did is illegal, what's wrong with naming that player?" he says. "Why doesn't the UW say who that player is?"
After several attempts to make contact with school, the father says he has heard no response. "Nobody from the University has gotten back to me."
He plans to try to contact Coach Romar through the church they both attend.
"I hope to have dialogue with a minister from there and maybe he could have my questions answered. I could present a letter to this person who could present it to Mr. Romar and he could give me some kind of answers to why this player is still playing," he says. "He should be sitting out."
KIRO Radio and MyNorthwest.com do not identify people under investigation until they have been officially charged with a crime.
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