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January 11, 2011The University of Washington's men's basketball team is dealing with its second dose of troubling news in as many weeks, this time a rape allegation reportedly involving one of the team's prominent players.
The university's athletic department is not commenting on the matter but confirmed that there is a "police investigation based on allegations surrounding a current UW student-athlete."
Seattle television station KING 5 News reported Monday night that Seattle police confirmed that a prominent member of the Huskies' basketball team is under criminal investigation for raping a 16-year-old girl Saturday night.
Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told KING 5 News Monday night that he was aware of the situation but had no comment.
Romar holds his weekly press conference with the media Tuesday but a university release stated that "neither department officials, nor members of the UW men's basketball coaching staff or team will comment on the matter."
The Huskies, the preseason favorites to win the Pacific-10 Conference, are off to their best conference start (4-0) in 26 years. Washington is 12-3 overall and improved to No. 17 in the Associated Press' national poll Monday.
Washington received a jolt last week when starting point guard Abdul Gaddy went down with a season-ending knee injury in practice, yet the Huskies still were able to defeat Oregon and Oregon State handily at home.
The Huskies head back out on the road this week, starting with Stanford Thursday night.