Woman Sues Temple University Over Alleged Football Player Assault

A former Temple University volleyball player is suing the university, saying she was kicked off the team after complaining that her ex-boyfriend—a member of Temple’s football team—threatened to kill her. Emily Frazer is suing in federal court; she was reportedly on full scholarship during the 2011 volleyball season. Her boyfriend was Andrew Cerett, then a punter for the Owls.

She claims that Cerett, a 6-foot-5-inch punter, also on a full athletic scholarship, assaulted her after she broke up with him in the spring semester of her sophomore year, and that Temple kicked her off the volleyball team and revoked her scholarship after she reported it.

She claims that Cerett was “known by university officials, including football coaching staff, to have psychological issues as well as anger problems … had several altercations with fellow football players … [and had] threatened to harm himself.”

One year later, Frazer says, she was booted from the volleyball team and her full scholarship was revoked.
Frazer claims this was “retaliation by the university for Frazer insisting on Cerett’s discipline.”

Cerett ended up on the roster of California University of Pennsylvania for the 2012 football season. Frazer spent 2012 on the coaching staff at Chestnut Hill College. [Courthouse News Service]