The woman at the center of Duke’s investigation into an alleged 1999 sexual assault told friends that Corey Maggette is the basketball player who raped her, according to a report by the New York Times.

The lawyer for Meredith Watson said in a statement Friday that Watson had been raped by a former Duke basketball player but did not identify the player. 

Maggette denied the allegations in a statement to the Times.

“It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” he said. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”

Maggette currently works as a Fox Sports West color commentator for Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts, and was pulled from Monday night’s Clippers-Timberwolves broadcast after the New York Times report came out.

A spokeswoman for Fox Sports West told the New York Times in an email that “Fox Sports takes the allegations seriously” and “are looking into the matter.”

A spokeswoman for Fox Sports West, where Mr. Maggette is a basketball analyst, said in an email, “Fox Sports takes allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are looking into the matter. We have no further comment at this time.

We must not forget, he’s innocent until proven guilty. 

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