University of Colorado athletes were treated more leniently than other students for rules violations, according to a detective's deposition taken in the school's sex assault scandal.
Tim Delaria, a 30-year employee of the university police department, also testified that athletic officials intervened on athletes' behalf in at least one case.
"It appears to me, in the cases that I've been involved with, that student-athletes are not held to the same standards as regular students," Delaria said.
The deposition, released Friday, was given June 22 in a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was raped at an off-campus party for football players and recruits in 2001.
An independent commission was appointed to investigate the scandal after Boulder prosecutor Mary Keenan claimed the athletic department used alcohol and sex to lure football recruits. A grand jury also is investigating.
In his deposition, Delaria said that about two years ago, either football coach Gary Barnett or football operations director David Hansburg told him there was no need to arrest a football player for roughing up a parking lot attendant.
"You guys don't have to arrest him, you can just come and get us, and we'll take care of it," Delaria said he was told.
He could not recall whether Barnett or Hansburg made the offer, but Delaria was told the unnamed athlete would be made to run laps and possibly be suspended from games.
Contacted Friday, Hansburg disputed Delaria's version of the incident. Barnett was out of town and unavailable to comment, school officials said.
* COURTS: Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter was ordered to pay more than $500,000 to 22 victims of a ticket-selling scam.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Friday accepted a plea agreement between the 44-year-old Schlichter and prosecutors. Last month, he pleaded guilty to corrupt business influence and being a habitual offender.
The agreement also includes an eight-year prison sentence, but Schlichter is unlikely to serve additional prison time.
Pratt ordered the time to be served concurrently with a five-year federal penalty that Schlichter already is serving, and Indiana gives inmates one day of jail credit for each day served with good behavior.
Scam victims are unlikely to get any money back, deputy prosecutor Larry Brodeur said.
Schlichter was indicted following an Internal Revenue Service investigation into a scheme in which he sold tickets to sporting events and promised he could resell the tickets for a profit.
* TENNIS: Venus Williams overpowered Amy Frazier for a 6-3, 6-1 victory to reach the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.
Williams recovered from a slow start and advanced to the tournament's title match for the fifth time in seven years. Frazier double-faulted 14 times and made 33 unforced errors under oppressive sun at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. Williams will face second-seeded Lindsay Davenport, who cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Maria Vento-Kabchi.
* CYCLING: Mary McConneloug filed an appeal over USA Cycling's decision to give its lone Olympic spot in women's mountain biking to Sue Haywood.
The appeal caps a week of confusion over the points system used to determine the rankings. It was not immediately known when a hearing on the matter would be held.
* BASKETBALL: Rich Melzer scored 24 points, and Ime Udoka scored 21 to lead the Washington Wizards to a 113-65 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in a summer league game in Las Vegas. Michael Ruffin pulled down 11 rebounds for Washington. (Box score, Page E6). . . .
The New Orleans Hornets and restricted free agent Chris Andersen agreed to terms of a two-year contract, a source said.
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