A former Southern Cal kicker has sued the school, alleging he was wrongly expelled in 2017.
Matthew Boermeester, who transferred to USC in 2014, was booted from the school after a Title IX investigation into an alleged domestic incident with his girlfriend in the parking lot of a McDonald’s.
In his lawsuit, Boermeester cites selective Title IX enforcement, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and negligence, according to ESPN. He is seeking unspecified monetary damages.
Boermeester and his girlfriend, Zoe Katz, have contended they were just playing and weren’t fighting when a passerby said Boermeester put his hands around the woman’s neck and pushed her into a wall. He was never investigated by police in the alleged incident, ESPN reported.
After the investigation, he was expelled two classes short of graduation and with a year of eligibility remaining. He unsuccessfully sued in Superior Court to have the expulsion overturned.
Katz and Boermeester are still together, and she told the following to the Los Angeles Times in mid-2017:
“When I told the truth about Matt, in repeated interrogations, I was stereotyped and was told I must be a ‘battered’ woman, and that made me feel demeaned and absurdly profiled,” Katz said. “I understand that domestic violence is a terrible problem, but in no way does that apply to Matt and me.”
His attorney, Andrew T. Miltenberg, said in a statement to the media that the former player “lost his education and his future career in the NFL,” adding USC made “a complete mockery of the Title IX process.”
The attorney also contends that Boermeester has suffered from mental and physical health problems and that his reputation has been damaged because of USC’s actions.
Boermeester made the game-winning field goal in the 2017 Rose Bowl, when USC beat Penn State 52-49. In the 2016 season, he hit 53 of 54 extra point attempts and 18 of 25 field goal attempts.