Alleged Victim Recants Statement in Abuse Accusation


(Left) Tyler Owens plays as defensive lineman. Photo via Pace Athletics. (Right) The image was released by an alleged group of African-American students.

James Miranda, Sports Editor

The alleged victim in the Tyler Owens abuse case has recanted her statement, according to multiple sources.

Multiple sources confirmed to the Chronicle that the alleged victim and the University’s administration had a meeting during which the victim said that nothing happened on September 20 when the incident supposedly took place. The meeting was part of the University’s investigation into the situation, an investigation that ultimately exonerated Owens.

“The university concluded its review and as a result it determined that no discipline action was warranted,” Dean of Students Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo said.

Owens was also interviewed as part of the investigation and presented evidence that contributed to the case being closed, according to sources.

The accusation of the assault was released on October 2. Owens was alleged to have physically assaulted a woman in the Townhouses the morning of September 20. Neither Owens nor the alleged victim responded to requests for comment.

The accusation came days after his reinstatement to the football team in an unrelated matter. That situation centered on a Snapchat photo that was released of Owens wearing a Confederate Flag, making a Nazi salute, and was captioned “the grand wizard”—a reference to the Klu Klux Klan.