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AUSTIN, Texas - Breaking months of public silence, former Baylor coach Art Briles said Thursday he did not cover up sexual violence by his players or try to obstruct any investigations tied to the assault scandal at the nation's largest Baptist university.
Briles released a one-page letter, saying he could no longer "remain silent" and defending himself against allegations that he ran a football program that considered itself above the rules. The letter came a day after the Texas Rangers, the state's elite criminal investigations unit, said it had opened a preliminary probe into how Baylor handled assault reports over several years.
"I did not cover-up any sexual violence. I had no contact with anyone that claimed to be a victim of sexual or domestic assault. Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice of safety for anyone," Briles wrote. "I did not obstruct justice on campus or off."
Baylor officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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