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McHenry HS waiting to comment on ESPN water polo sexual assault report

ESPN's Outside the Lines will air McHenry grad Becca Dabrowski's story at 8 a.m. on Sunday

McHenry grad Becca Dabrowski
McHenry grad Becca Dabrowski

McHenry Community High School athletic director Barry Burmeister said Friday the school is unsure exactly what will be contained in an upcoming ESPN report about former athlete Becca Dabrowski, who graduated in 2015.

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" announced in a tweet Thursday that a program is scheduled to air at 8 a.m. Sunday on Becca Dabrowski, a former member of the McHenry boys water polo team. Dabrowski, now a sophomore on the Monmouth College women's water polo team, allegedly was assaulted by a male opponent while at McHenry.

In a second video trailer released Friday, Dabrowski says, "He grabbed like under my suit and was touching me underneath the water. It was just probably one of the worst days of my life."

The incident in question took place May 14, 2015, during a playoff game against Libertyville, sources told the Northwest Herald.

When reached by phone Friday, Burmeister said the school dealt with the incident at the time and was waiting to see the ESPN report.

"We don't have any knowledge of details or what exactly is going to air on the story at this time, so we can't exactly comment on something that we do not have any information," Burmeister said. "I'm sure after it airs on Sunday, I know that we'll have a statement on Monday if the situation necessitates. But at this time we don't have any details or any information of exactly what's exactly going to air, so it'd be hard to comment. Not 'No comment', we're not running from it, it's just we don't know exactly what the story's going to entail."

Burmeister said ESPN called the school for an interview and then "kind of dropped that part of it." He said he didn't know who within the school they wanted to interview.

ESPN Outside the Lines reporter Steve Delsohn, however, said that he called asking specifically for an interview with Burmeister, which Burmeister declined.

When asked how the school dealt with the incident at the time, Burmeister said, "It was dealt with exactly how it came out. It was a case of in the water and like I said, I don't know what they're going to air, I don't know what they're going to talk about. We'll have a statement Monday if it necessitates, and I can't really comment on anything else because I don't know what exactly is going to be said."

The Northwest Herald has not been able to reach Dabrowski, and a message left for her family for comment has not been returned.

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