Stanford has rescinded the scholarship of a four-star football recruit after the school joined a newspaper’s lawsuit seeking more details on his involvement in a police investigation two years ago.
Cornerback Ayden Hector of powerhouse East Side Catholic in Bellevue, Washington, who had chosen Stanford over Washington, USC, Oregon and Alabama, was among those questioned during an 8-month long investigation into assault allegations that produced no charges.
The Seattle Times filed a public records lawsuit in King County, Washington, after the county prosecutor declined to file charges after its investigation involving a then-16-year-old girl and players on East Side Catholic’s football team. Stanford’s request for information was made part of the paper’s filing.
“Under university policy, Stanford may rescind the admission of an applicant based upon a review of additional information,” said Stanford assistant athletic director Brian Risso in a statement released Wednesday that didn’t name Hector. “The university has taken that step with regard to an incoming undergraduate for fall 2020 who was scheduled to be a football student-athlete.”
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A lawyer representing Hector and other players questioned said the Stanford recruit had only witnessed the incident and was not considered a suspect, the Seattle Times reported.
Hector, whose Twitter account is private, posted a statement on it complaining about inaccuracies about his role in the investigation.
“Two years ago, I was one of several witnesses who cooperated with the authorities in an 8-month long investigation which resulted in no charges being filed. It is unfortunate that complete strangers, including media outlets, have passed off false speculations, hearsay, and rumors about me related to this investigation. I can also confirm that Stanford’s decision regarding my admission was not in any way based on me being considered accused or a suspect of sexual misconduct, which I never was.”
Hector, whose older brother is a Stanford student, had said joining the Cardinal was an easy choice even though he had offers from every Pac-12 school as well as from Alabama, Florida State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
“For me, Stanford was kind of a no-brainer,” Hector had told 24/7 Sports. “I’ve been leaning towards them for a few months. But Stanford just seemed like the perfect place for me. School wise, no one can beat them but then you get the high competition at the same time.”
The nephew of former Cal defensive back Byron Hector, the East Side Catholic star helped the school win Washington’s 3A title.