Mike Krzyzewski on Corey Maggette rape allegation: 'I had no knowledge'

On Monday, the New York Times identified Corey Maggette as the former Duke player accused of raping Meredith Watson.

Watson has also accused Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of raping her while the two were students at Duke and said last week that an unnamed former Duke player sexually assaulted her in 1999. 

Krzyzewski addresses Maggette allegations for 1st time

Duke beat Louisville on Tuesday, and head coach Mike Krzyzewski addressed the allegation against Maggette in his first public statement since the Times report.

Krzyzewski briefly addressed the situation on Saturday before Maggette was identified and deferred to university authorities when asked about it Tuesday.

Coach K: ‘I had no knowledge’

“I had no knowledge,” Krzyzewski said. “At that level, for that serious of an accusation, it’s always university level. Always. Our university will handle everything, and that’s what should happen. Coach shouldn’t do anything with that.

“I have no knowledge of it, but I’m not the one — our university should do all that, and rightfully so. That’s the level where it needs to happen.”

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Former basketball player Corey Maggette through the years
2 Dec 1998: Forward Corey Maggette #50 of Duke Blue Devils looks on during the Great Eight Classic against the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Duke defeated Michigan State 73-67. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Duke's Corey Maggette (50) crashes into North Carolina State's Kenny Inge (21) while driving to the basket during the first half of their Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semi-final game Saturday, March 6, 1999, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Duke's Corey Maggette, left, and Connecticut's Richard Hamilton fight for possession of the ball in the first half of the championship game of the NCAA Final Four, Monday, March 29, 1999, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Connecticut's Jake Voskuhl watches at center. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
25 Nov 1998: Corey Maggette #50 of the Duke Blue Devils in action during the Carrs Great Alaska Shootout Game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. Duke defeated Notre Dame 111-82. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport
2 Dec 1998: Forward Corey Maggette #50 of Duke Blue Devils looks on during the Great Eight Classic against the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Duke defeated Michigan State 73-67. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
8 Nov 2000: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers walks on the court during the game against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Jazz defeated the Clippers 93-87. NOTE TO USER: It is expressly understood that the only rights Allsport are offering to license in this Photograph are one-time, non-exclusive editorial rights. No advertising or commercial uses of any kind may be made of Allsport photos. User acknowledges that it is aware that Allsport is an editorial sports agency and that NO RELEASES OF ANY TYPE ARE OBTAINED from the subjects contained in the photographs.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport
PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 15: Corey Maggette #50 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns on December 15, 2000 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - NOVEMBER 22: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers advances the ball during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on November 22, 2002 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Clippers 72-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - DECEMBER 27: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives the ball up the court during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at America West Arena on December 27, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns won 108-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 5: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles the ball against Zach Randolph #50 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game at Staples Center on January 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 102-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - DECEMBER 8: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers controls the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the game at SBC Center on December 8, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 111-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers walks down the court during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on December 31, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 91-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 15: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on January 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 97-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Corey Maggette #50 of the Golden State Warriors drives the ball upcourt against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Maggette denies accusation

Maggette denied the allegation when the Times approached him about it for Monday’s report.

“It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” Maggete told the Times. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”

Maggette was recruited by and played for Krzyzewski during Duke’s run to the national championship game in 1999 where it lost to Connecticut.

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