This week Oklahoma State basketball player Matt Pilgrim was accused of rape by an OSU female student. Monday afternoon in Stillwater, Okla., the woman requested and was granted an emergency protective order against Pilgrim, who she alleges raped her on April 12 in her on-campus apartment.
As part of the petition for the emergency protective order, the TULSA WORLD noted Wednesday:
The student said she received an email from Pilgrim on April 13 and didn’t hear from him again until May 2 at Smith Hall. They had words and she requested — and was granted — a protective order that day.
The student and Pilgrim will appear at Payne County Courthouse on May 20 for a hearing. Pilgrim has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
The World reported that while Cowboys basketball coach Travis Ford declined comment on the matter, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt, “indicated Pilgrim is still in school and is still a member of the basketball team while the investigation continues.”
On April 12 the woman claimed to Oklahoma State University Police that Pilgrim raped her. She subsequently declined to assist OSU police and Payne County prosecutors in the investigation of the alleged incident. The case was then considered closed.
OSU Spokesman Shutt though told the World that “at the request of the (alleged) victim and her family, the investigation has been reopened.”
The World reports that Pilgrim addressed the rape allegation on his Facebook.com account on Wednesday.
“I can’t take it no more… I always play the victim. (All) I’ve done was work hard to prove people wrong… People lie and every one that know(s) me know(s) my passion to become somebody, but Satan is working overtime on me…. But I’m (going to) let God handle this… I will still work hard to provide for me and the ones I love. Please do (not believe what’s) going on. I just want peace… Sorry to everyone that is affected by this.”
Pilgrim, who is a transfer from Kentucky, has one year of eligibility left at OSU and averaged eight points and seven rebounds a game for the Cowboys last season.
What’s interesting about this situation is that police did not pursue the initial rape allegation against Pilgrim in April after the accuser later refused to assist them in the case.
Even though the accuser backed off her claim for whatever reason, authorities could’ve still chosen to continue the investigation and perhaps even have brought charges if they thought they had a strong case against Pilgrim.
Now that the woman has once again accused Pilgrim of a very serious crime, the police have made no indication that Pilgrim will be taken into custody, let alone charge him with a crime.
It’s also noteworthy that Pilgrim’s status with the basketball team has remained unchanged throughout the month-long ordeal.
Does that indicate that the authorities and Ford regard the charges as lacking veracity? Not necessarily, but it is an interesting coincidence.