Two Oakland University basketball players were arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a woman in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement sources revealed that Duke Mondy, 23, and Dante Williams, 20, were arrested at a motel in Culver City and booked for rape, TMZ reports. The college basketball players were reportedly targeted by a “SVU investigation” based on accusations made by a woman in her early 20s.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, the alleged female victim, whose name has not been released, dialed 911 and told police that she had just been raped in the Culver City motel, TMZ reports. While details on the alleged rape are scant, police felt that they had enough evidence to arrest Mondy and Williams. They are each being held on $100,000 bail.
Mondy and Williams were reportedly in Los Angeles for Oakland’s game against UCLA on Tuesday night, TMZ reports. Oakland lost the game, 91-60.
In addition to the legal implications, Mondy’s arrest for rape represents a significant setback in terms of his NBA aspirations. He led all Division I men’s basketball players in steals last season and likely had an outside shot of being selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. The loss of Mondy and Williams will also severely damage Oakland’s standing in the Maui Invitational tournament, which begins on Friday night, TMZ reports.
This isn’t the first time that Mondy has run into trouble over his off-court antics. He began his college basketball career with Providence, but was kicked off the team in 2011. The Michigan native was once associated with the felony assault of a Providence student but was never charged with a crime.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...