It’s payback time for two former college football players as they sued a female fellow student who made false rape allegations against them two years ago. The former student-athletes are also suing their school for wrongly suspending them over the false rape claims.
Connecticut court records show former Sacred Heart University football players Dhameer Bradley and Malik St. Hilaire sued 20-year-old Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket, New York, on October 10 for alleged slander and infliction of emotional stress.
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The former football players were never arrested but both opted to withdraw from the school while facing possible discipline.
Bradley and St. Hilaire are seeking an undisclosed amount of money in their suit against Yovino and the university. The pair told authorities that a rape never took place as what they had was consensual sex with Yovino at an off-campus party.
The former campus football players also told the police that Yovino lied about the rape allegations so she wouldn’t lose a potential boyfriend then in case he learns about her sleeping with them.
St. Hilaire said in court that Yovino’s false claims had serious negative impact on his life and his university dreams. He said: “I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled with no way to clear my name I just hope she knows what she has done to me, my life will never be the same. I did nothing wrong, but everything has been altered because of this.”
The other player who did not want to be identified at the time of the hearing, but presumably Bradley told the court that because of the false allegation, he lost his football scholarship, it made him be in debt of $30,000. and the case caused him to suffer from depression and anxiety.
Yovino was sentenced in August for a year in jail after she pleaded guilty to falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police.
During the reading of her sentence, Yovino created new controversies after it appeared that she had rolled her eyes and smirked while St. Hilaire read his victim impact statement in the courtroom. Her lawyer denied that such took place, and that she was merely looking around, and trying to move her hair out of her face. Yovino’s lawyer said she never intended to show any defiance to the process.
Both Yovino’s camp through her lawyer and university officials declined to comment on the players’ lawsuit against them for now.