Juan Dixon Dropped From Gay Lawsuit Involving Former Basketball Player
A former player alleged that he was sexually assaulted and blackmailed by an assistant coach and accused the university of failing to protect its student athletes.
The Baltimore Banner reported that Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa K. Copeland allowed an amendment to the complaint on Monday, stating — “At this juncture, we are very much at the very beginning of the case.”
Maryland Office of the Attorney General rep, Aleithea Warmack, said — “We are pleased with the decision to dismiss all claims against Coppin State University, the University System of Maryland, the State of Maryland, Derek Carter (Director of Athletics), and Juan Dixon.”
In November 2022, Ibn Williams, 23, filed a complaint alleging that former teammate, Lucian Brownlee, who went on to serve as as director of player development, had blackmailed and sexually assaulted him.
Williams claimed that in 2018, he was deceived by someone pretending to be a woman on social media. The person talked him into sending racy photos and graphic text messages. Williams stated in the suit that he believed that the online relationship was evolving into a serious romance. Once the catfish received multiple explicit photos of Ibn Williams, the anonymous person then blackmailed the student into videotaping a sexual encounter with his assistant basketball coach, Lucian Brownlee. When the player resisted further demands for sex, a lawsuit was filed.
The legal complaint read — “by information and belief Lucian Brownlee, a former guard who served as Director of Player Development and Director of Basketball Operations, harassed, tormented and sexually assaulted the player, Ibn Williams, before publishing intimate material he had obtained from the student.”
The lawsuit indicated that Williams spoke to Juan Dixon about various issues but the coach did not take action after Brownlee’s name was mentioned.
Juan Dixon reportedly told Williams that Brownlee was “mentally ill or otherwise emotionally imbalanced” and alleged that athletic director, Derek Carter, and Coppin State were aware of his mental health history. Williams also claimed that the school questioned him about his sexual orientation and past sexual experiences after he requested that the matter be addressed.
Williams transferred to Morehouse College, where he played point guard for the Maroon Tigers last season.
Juan Dixon, husband to Real Housewives of Potomac star, Robyn Dixon, began appearing on the Bravo series in 2016. The former NBA player joined the Coppin State Eagles as the men’s head basketball coach in 2017. Dixon was fired from his position in March following the investigation.
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