The Yale Daily News is reporting another round of posters showing up on campus criticizing the team’s reaction to Jack Montague’s departure from campus last month.
Before their game against Harvard at Payne Whitney Gym on Senior Night Feb. 26, members of the team took the court wearing shirts with Montague’s jersey number and nickname, “Gucci,” on the back and “Yale” spelled backwards on the front, which Justin Sears characterized as a show of support for Montague after the game. The YDN reported posters featuring a picture of the team dressed in the shirts and asking Yale men’s basketball to “stop supporting a rapist” appeared all over campus, including at the entrance of Payne Whitney Gym.
On Thursday, Jack Montague’s father Jim told the New Haven Register that his son was expelled from the university for a “ridiculous” reason:
“We have strict orders from our lawyers,” said Jim Montague,. “Soon enough, I’d love to tell the other side of the story. It’s ridiculous, why he’s expelled. It’s probably going to set some sort of precedent. We’re trying to do things the gentleman’s way, so we’re keeping things close-knit. But you guys will get a story.
Then on Saturday, Yale clinched its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1962 with a win at Columbia, and a picture of Yale player Khaliq Ghani with “Gucci” written on his wrist tape and holding up four fingers to represent Montague’s jersey number at the game was featured on a poster that read “Shame on you” and “Khaliq Ghani supports a rapist.” Another poster spliced together two separate quotes from coach James Jones, featuring the combined quotes: “[Sexual assault] isn’t of any interest to me … Jack knows how we feel about him — we love him.” As the News explains:
The quoted words combined two statements Jones made to media outlets on Saturday. He told Sports Illustrated, “That isn’t of any interest to me,” referring not to sexual assault, but to online rumors about Montague’s departure. He added, “The only interesting thing to me right now is winning a basketball game.” That same night, he told ESPN, “Jack knows how we feel about him — we love him.”
Around 100 poster copies appeared inside Dunham Laboratory early Tuesday morning. United Against Sexual Assault at Yale, the Yale Black Women’s Coalition and the Yale Women’s Center will hold a “chalk-in” on Cross Campus in response to campuswide attention discussions about the team and in support of sexual assault survivors at the university, according to the News.
The News’ report of this latest wave of posters comes just hours after the Cornell Daily Sun reported Cornell freshman basketball player Xavier Eaglin was arrested on rape charges Sunday.