Sunday, October 21st

University of Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus.(Photo: UW Athletics)

Suspended Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus has sued the University of Wisconsin to try and stop an expected expulsion over a sexual encounter with two students in April.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Madison, contends university officials violated Cephus' rights to equal protection and due process by continuing a Title IX disciplinary action against him even while he challenges criminal charges stemming from the same incident.

And the officials were influenced by one of the women's fathers, "a prominent Chicago attorney" and UW-Madison benefactor, the suit states.

The officials forced Cephus "into the predicament of having to either waive his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by choosing to participate in the University process despite the potential harm to his criminal defense, or decline to participate in the University’s process thus leading to the inevitable finding of responsibility and severe sanctions," the suit states.