Marcus Watson was suspended from Oklahoma State’s basketball team last week after a woman filed for a protective order against him. The woman filed the protective order petition as a victim of rape stemming from an alleged encounter with Watson on Oct. 19.
As of now, there are no criminal charges against Watson.
“I feel I need this protective order to keep myself safe,” the petition, obtained by PFB, reads. “I fear that he will do something more or come around.”
The incident in question, according to the petition for protective order, came after a night out and happened at Watson’s apartment. Multiple people were expected to go to Watson’s apartment after the night out, but the woman alleges the others went elsewhere, leaving her and Watson alone.
“I told Marcus we would not be having sex,” the petition for protective order reads. “He began to pressure me … I told him I would call a friend to pick me up if he wasn’t ok with us not having sex. He said it was ok and we don’t have to have sex.”
The petition for protective order then reads that he attempted to take the woman’s pants off and she tried to pull them up. It says he offered to perform oral sex but was declined as well.
“He continued to make comments like, ‘You know it’s fine, you want it,'” wrote the woman. “He then raped me.”
After the alleged incident, the woman said she asked him to stop. When he did, she said ran to the bathroom to lock herself in there before fleeing the apartment. The woman said she then had a friend take her to the emergency room where they “did a rape kit,” according to the petition for protective order.
Again, this accusation is not part of a criminal charge at this time but rather within the petition for protective order document.
From a basketball standpoint (obviously less serious than the legal ramifications and the victim's well being), it sounds like Watson wasn't going to play much this year anyway. Hopefully, if he's gone for good, we can make good use of his scholarship.
Certainly want to allow the young man to have his day in court, but in the meantime, you've got to take the accuser very seriously. Anyone that will go through the trauma of having a rape kit performed isn't doing it because they're bored.
Even if charges aren't brought, there is a significant opportunity that actions will be taken from a Title XII investigation.
If you've got the stomach for it, go read/listen to "Missoula" by Jon Krakauer. It uses the University of Montana (in Missoula) as a backdrop for the realities of sexual assault in a college town. As a father, with a daughter, it is incredibly eye opening to say the least. There's some detail that's difficult to listen to, but it gives you an idea of the other side of the story.