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Rape activist says Baylor should cancel season

Brenda Tracy, who said she was gang-raped by four men, including two Oregon State football players, told ESPN on Sunday that she believes Baylor should cancel the rest of its football season for its "display of deliberate and calculated cruelty" during Saturday's 62-22 loss to TCU at McLane Stadium.

Tracy, who was invited to speak to Baylor's players and coaches about sexual assault prevention in June by acting head coach Jim Grobe, called the Bears' "blackout" by players, coaches and some fans "callous, cruel and vicious" in the wake of the university's sexual assault scandal, which led to the firing of former coach Art Briles and university president Kenneth Starr.

The team wore black for the game, and on Friday, wide receiver Chris Platt indicated on Twitter that the Bears were wearing black uniforms for Saturday's game to protest Briles' firing, though Saturday he denied that was the reason. Platt later tweeted a statement with a different explanation for the blackout game, citing Baylor's rivalry with TCU.

"The seniors met with Coach Grobe and asked him if they could wear black since it was a rivalry game. They are not making any type of statement," Baylor spokesman Nick Joos said Sunday.

University spokesperson Lori Fogleman added, "According to seniors who met with Coach Jim Grobe, the team's decision to wear black uniforms for [Saturday's] game was made months ago in anticipation of the game against TCU, Baylor's 111-year rival. The black uniform is a team favorite and is reserved for one home game each year against a noted rival."

In a statement to ESPN on Sunday, Tracy said: "What I want is for Baylor to act like they have some institutional control and stop allowing the football program to re-victimize the already traumatized survivors. In a show of institutional courage, Harvard just canceled the rest of the men's soccer season over lewd ratings of female players. If Baylor wanted to do the right thing, they would cancel the rest of the football season for yesterday's display of deliberate and calculated cruelty."

On Friday night, Baylor's assistant coaches tweeted a statement in which they supported Briles and disputed the Board of Regents' claims that he didn't do enough when informed of a gang rape involving his players and a Baylor female student in 2011.

On Saturday, Grobe said he didn't know the coaches were going to tweet the statement, but said he wouldn't step in the way when the "coaches wanted their perspective known."

Before the Bears played the Horned Frogs, black T-shirts supporting the popular former coach were sold outside the stadium. A banner featuring the hashtag #CAB, which stands for Coach Art Briles, was hung from a luxury suite inside McLane Stadium, and the players wore their black uniforms.

"It was all over social media," Tracy said in the statement. "Please don't try to say that you didn't know. Every single assistant coach that tweeted the night before in support of Art Briles knew what those black uniforms meant. ... The entire thing was INTENTIONAL.

"It was a deliberate slap in the face to the women who were assaulted and raped on Baylor's campus and for what? Art Briles? The man who said he knew of a gang rape and did nothing? Or the man who threw all of his assistant coaches under the bus by saying that he delegated down and didn't know what was happening on his team?"

In October, Tracy told Outside the Lines that a Baylor assistant coach confronted her after the meeting with coaches and players. She said the assistant coach grabbed her and ushered her into an office as soon as she started to leave the room. She said former Baylor Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford accompanied her. Tracy said the Baylor coach told her that he didn't understand why she was there and didn't think the sexual assault scandal was a football issue.

In a letter to alumni, students and faculty last week, Baylor interim president David E. Garland confirmed that attorneys hired by the university to investigate the school's response to allegations of sexual assault identified 17 victims of sexual assault or domestic violence involving 19 football players since 2011.

"As I was tweeting my apology to the victims at Baylor [on Sunday] for this display of intentional cruelty, I began to cry, and I cried off and on for most of the day," Tracy said. "Even the beating that TCU exacted upon Baylor didn't make me feel any better."