WSU Student Section to UW Basketball Team: "No Means No"

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The University of Washington's men's basketball team suffered a humiliating defeat last night in Pullman, falling 87-80 to their cross-state rivals, the Cougars. The final score, however, was only part of the humiliation, as WSU's student section serenaded the Huskies with chants of "No means no," in reference to the ongoing sexual-assault investigation involving a still-unnamed UW basketball player.

While a rowdy Pullman crowd comes as no surprise, the chants were a little unexpected given WSU coach Ken Bone's plea for the students to "keep things classy," published last week as an open letter in the WSU campus newspaper.

Bone's request apparently fell on deaf--or at least drunk--ears. Seattle Times beat writer Percy Allen noted on his blog that security at Friel Court confiscated several "definitely not PG-rated" signs. Then, during the game itself, Allen tweeted that the crowd was pelting him with balled-up newspapers.

What was obvious to TV viewers, however, was the "No means no" chants, which were audible several times during FSN's broadcast. At one point, the cameras also showed a student holding a handmade sign emblazoned with that message.

The joke--if that's what it was intended to be--is that earlier this year a UW player was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl he met on Facebook. Since he has not been arrested or charged, no media outlet has named the player.

Today, a UW spokesman declined to comment on the ongoing investigation. A Seattle Police spokesman said their investigation has been completed and sent to the prosecutor's office for review. A spokesman for King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg says the ball has been in their court since last Tuesday, and they will decide "within the next couple weeks" whether to file charges.

But while the identity of the accused athlete officially remains a mystery, rumors have been swirling on message boards and social-media sites for weeks, with one player's name repeatedly popping up. Perhaps that's why the students in the ZZU CRU knew exactly which player to taunt last night.

Like the Seattle Times, Associated Press, and others, Seattle Weekly is withholding the name of the player in question. But if you're still clueless as to the identity of the player in question, just walk down the street and ask the first person you see wearing purple and gold or crimson and gray. If they were watching and listening yesterday, odds are they can tell you who exactly who the prime suspect is.

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