Matt Boermeester, the USC placekicker who made the winning field goal in the Rose Bowl last January is not permitted to return to the university, his attorney, Mark Schamel, said Sunday night.
The school discipline followed from an investigation led by USC’s Title IX Office, said Zoe Katz, Boermeester’s girlfriend, in a statement provided to the Southern California News Group.
USC began a Title IX investigation in late January after an allegation that Boermeester pushed Katz in the driveway of her home near the University Park campus, Schamel said. Boermeester and Katz denied this. Katz said the allegation was made by a “third party.”
Katz, 22 and a senior, was an all-conference player on USC’s women’s tennis team. She is expected to graduate this fall and issued the statement which called the investigation “unfair” and “biased” and that Boermeester, 23, “has been falsely accused of conduct involving me.”
In February, the university announced Boermeester had been suspended for an unspecified “student code of conduct issue.”
Boermeester was removed from the roster of the Trojans’ football team, which opened training camp on Saturday. He would have been a redshirt senior this season. In 2016, his first season as the Trojans’ starting kicker, Boermeester made 18 of 25 field-goal attempts, including the 46-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
Title IX investigators contacted Katz three days after the alleged incident occurred in January, her attorney, Kerry Steigerwalt, said.
In her statement, Katz said she was told by the investigators that she was in an abusive relationship and was “told that I must be afraid of Matt.”
“I was stereotyped and was told I must be a “battered” woman, and that made me feel demeaned and absurdly profiled,” Katz said in a statement. “I understand that domestic violence is a terrible problem, but in no way does that apply to Matt and me.”
During the investigation, Katz said the university issued a no-contact order against Boermeester, preventing him from communicating with her. As he was suspended from the football team, he was also prohibited from using its facilities to rehab a knee injury, she said. He underwent surgery after the Rose Bowl.
Katz said investigators led her to feel, “misled, harassed, threatened and discriminated.”
“She feels her protests are falling on deaf ears,” Steigerwalt told the Southern California News…