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Report: BU hockey’s ‘sexual entitlement’
A university report after sexual abuse allegations against the Boston University hockey team cites a “culture of sexual entitlement” among players.
The report blames players’ heightened social status on campus, exclusivity in housing and training facilities and “heavy alcohol use” for creating an environment fraught with the potential for problems, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
The report comes after two players were charged with assaulting women on campus last season. Corey Trivino, a second round draft pick by the New York Islanders who played four seasons at BU and was their top scorer, pleaded guilty to an assault charge in August after drunkenly trying to force himself on a woman in her dorm room, the Globe said.
Rape charges against a second player, Max Nicastro, were filed but later dropped when prosecutors said they could not meet the burden of proof. Nicastro signed an entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings shortly thereafter and has been assigned to play for Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League.
The BU report cites coaches as the primary disciplinarians for players and recommended reforms including greater integration for players into the larger student body and alcohol and sexual harassment counseling for players who demonstrate the potential for problems.
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