During a weekend where the Oklahoma Quarterback situation seemed to be the biggest talking point in Norman, the football program was hit with another situation which took a turn. Current OU student Mallory Jech announced who she claimed to be on Twitter on Friday afternoon, stating she was the individual who previously dated runningback Kennedy Brooks and that she suffered both “mental and physical abuse” during the course of their relationship.
In a series of 16 different tweets posted on Friday, Jech explained that she and Brooks dated from June 2018 until March 2019 and that she eventually went to Title IX, rather than local police, to explain the series of abuse in the relationship. A recent Title IX investigation into Brooks, which kept him out of summer workouts with the football team, noted that there were no violations by the Preseason All-Big 12 Team selection. Brooks has working out and practicing with the football team since the decision was handed down on July 9th, although that may now be up in the air with this recent announcement by Jech.
According to a statement released by the University this weekend in response to Jech’s announcement on Twitter, the purpose of the investigation was to ensure the privacy and safety of the reporter (Jech) in all aspects. The University also added that it stands by its original finding in the investigation and that, at this time, no further actions will be taken on Brooks. Despite the Title IX investigation, either party in the matter (Jech or Brooks) can still pursue legal action through the criminal justice system if they choose to do so. Below are the series of tweets posted by Jech:
The University of Oklahoma (@UofOklahoma) values their student athletes more than their average student. I refuse to be quiet. And here’s why:
I’m being played as the girl who lied about being abused. However, I’m the girl who protected a liar & an abuser’s career. Until now.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
I dated Kennedy Brooks from June of 2018 until the end of March 2019–during that time I was used, cheated on, manipulated and abused both mentally AND physically. If I were doing this because I am angry I was cheated on, I would have done it back in June of 2018…— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
… the first time he cheated, or I would have done it when I found out he slept with a high schooler. But here I am, months after the fact, finally telling my story because the last thing that needs to happen is for little boys to look up to him and view him as a role model.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
I went to Title IX in May, right before the end of finals, and finally told my entire story to someone. I had called a few months before because pieces of the abuse had been reported—Kennedy was angry and I was terrified of what would happen when he came home (we lived together).— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
On the phone with Title IX, I explained to them nothing happened and that I did not want him to get in trouble. I protected the person who put fear in my eyes every time we argued—for the sake of his career? Yes. But most importantly, I thought I was protecting myself from him.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
Months later, in May, I was finally ready. We had not been together for over a month at this point. Kennedy showed up to my apartment one evening after I had repeatedly told him not to come, I was not home—He told me he would let himself in my apartment. I sped home.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
I was on the phone with my mom when he came around the corner of my apartment building. He was obviously angry, yelling and screaming, and was demanding he get the little bit of his things—when I told him they were in my car and that I was about to take them to his apartment…— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
… I watched him let himself into my apartment with a key that I was under the impression I already had. He had a duplicate. I called Title IX the next morning and asked if I could go in and talk to them. And from there, I was under the impression that someone would help me.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
I felt guilty for opening my mouth. I felt guilty for telling someone all of the times he put his hands on me. I felt guilty for telling someone who Kennedy Brooks really is. I felt guilty for finally telling my story. I felt guilty for doing the right thing. I was still attached— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
Now, months after that first Title IX visit, they have decided to not punish Kennedy Brooks. Regardless of the messages I have where he told me to call Title IX, that he doesn’t care what happens.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
Regardless of my best friend who still lived with me during some of the abuse, who also talked to Title IX and told them what she witnessed. Regardless of the pictures of bruises and text messages between us where he says “I should not have to put my hands on you to move”.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
Title IX does nothing for the victim. They make you believe they are doing their best to help you—their “best” is changing his Fall schedule so I don’t have to sit in 3 classes with the person who has permanently affected the way I continue to live my life.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
Thats the best they could do. Kennedy Brooks is being protected by the University of Oklahoma (@uofoklahoma) because he plays football. I was physically abused by that “man”, I was left on the side of the rode in both Norman and Texas by that “man” but who cares about the victim.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
The University of Oklahoma does not value their students. OU only cares about their money. And God forbid something happen to one of their athletes who bring in millions of dollars every Saturday.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
I grew up with Crimson and Cream instilled in my blood. It was never a question where I would go to college, but the University and football program that I grew up loving, has done nothing but disappoint me and devalue my importance.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019
I will not let the University of Oklahoma silence me. I will not let Kennedy Brooks silence me. I’m not doing this for attention or for anyone to feel sorry for me. I’m doing this for every girl who is too scared to speak up against their abuser. I will tell anyone my story.
More updates in this story are expected in the coming weeks.