College football goalkeeper Katie Meyer was facing disciplinary action before her death in February, according to her family’s wrongful death lawsuit filed against the university.
Meyer was said to have been riding a bicycle in the summer when Meyer spilled coffee on a Stanford football player who was allegedly sexually abusing a then-underage female football player. America today Sports.
Meyer, who serves as the captain of the Stanford women’s soccer team, was sent a notice of imminent disciplinary action based on his suit for the incident that occurred the evening he passed away in August.
«Stanford’s after-hours discipline and reckless nature and style towards Katie caused Katie to impulsively experience an acute stress reaction that led to her (death)», the complaint wrote.
«Katie’s (death) was completed in an unplanned manner and only in response to the shocking and deeply distressing information she received from Stanford while she was alone in her room with no support or resources.»
According to the complaint, Meyer is said to have received the notification after 7 p.m., when campus counseling resources have already closed, and that Meyer immediately responded to the email expressing «how ‘shocked and distracted’ he was by the threat of impeachment and dismissal,» according to the complaint. . from university.»
The lawsuit alleges that Stanford «did not respond to Katie’s statement of distress, instead ignoring it and scheduling a meeting via email for 3 days later» and that the university staff «did not make any effort to check on Katie’s health.» a simple phone call or a face-to-face welfare check.
Dee Mostofi, Stanford’s vice president of external communications, said the head of the Community Office reached out to Meyer «a few days» before the late student-athlete received the official letter. Mostofi said the OCS employee «has given Katie until that date to provide further information for consideration» and that Meyer «did not provide any information and that OCS informed her that the matter would be moved to a hearing on the evening of February 28.»
«The Stanford community continues to mourn Katie’s tragic death and we sympathize with her family for the unimaginable pain Katie’s death has caused them,» Mostofi said in an email to USA Today. «However, we strongly disagree with the assertion that the university was responsible for his death.»
According to Mostofi, Meyer’s notice included a phone number to contact for «emergency support» and the resource was available 24×7. Meyer also «was made clear that there was no determination that he had done anything wrong, and the OCS offered to meet with him to discuss the matter if he wanted to.»
According to USA Today, the player did not want any penalties that would «affect» Meyer’s life during the disciplinary process.
Meyer was 22 when he died.
Meyer helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA women’s soccer championship. She specialized in international relations and did a minor in history she.
—This story was originally published nypost.com and republished with permission
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