The sexual assault allegation made recently against a former Duke men's basketball player is being investigated, the university announced Saturday.
In a series of statements released Friday through her attorney, Meredith Watson said a former Duke basketball player raped her in 1999. Watson also has said that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her on Duke's campus in Durham, North Carolina, when they were both students in 2000.
The identity of the men's basketball player facing the allegation is not known.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said both he and the university understand the severity of the matter.
"I think there was an allegation made, right?" Krzyzewski said after Saturday night's victory at Virginia. "So, I'm not sure that's true or not, but there's an allegation. I didn't find out about it until late last night, and I have no knowledge about it. ... Our university will take care of whatever actions and give whatever information that's needed to be done. I think our [athletic director] has put out a statement that we'll give to you. It's very ... something like that is serious. So, our school looks at it that way, and we'll do whatever we can to make sure that we answer whatever questions are posed to us."
Duke did distribute a statement after the Virginia game, detailing its intent to investigate the claims.