Missouri announced on Friday that it was suspending Terrence Phillips indefinitely pending an investigation into the Tigers point guard that was confirmed by the school’s Title IX office.
On Wednesday, The Kansas City Star reported details of the investigation, which include complaints from at least four women, according to the report.
The Star reports that it spoke with two students who have filed complaints against Phillips since last week’s investigation was announced. A third student confirmed with The Star that she had spoken with Title IX investigators last week in addition to the student who filed the initial complaint that opened the investigation.
One of the students told The Star that Phillips had physically abused her on multiple occasions. Another said that Phillips filmed a sexual encounter without her knowledge a year ago, a story that two of the complainant’s friends corroborated.
Another student told The Star she repeatedly received messages of a sexual nature from Phillips after asking him to stop.
The Star also spoke with Phillips, who responded to the detailed allegations.
“There are two sides to every story,” Phillips said. “Some people really want to say ‘Me too’ because apparently it’s the cool thing to do. I have a side. I am cooperating with Mizzou like I was instructed. Unfortunately I can’t say a lot, but at the end of the investigation, I intend to be cleared from the accusations. People who know me know this isn’t me.”
Phillips is not known to be under criminal investigation, rather a Title IX inquiry as required by federal law when instances of sexual assault or discrimination are filed on college campuses.
Phillips has played sparingly as the team’s third point guard after playing a significant role in the rotation the prior two seasons before head coach Cuonzo Martin took over this year.
He campaigned for the student body president and vice president last spring and has worked for a group that seeks to end sexual assault in addition to playing several other visible roles on campus, The Star reports.