NEW YORK — Extreme sports websites and sports media companies have taken down a post alleging that a 14-year-old boy had been molested by a former teammate, The Associated Press has learned.
The site, called SportsTalk, published a report Monday that was written by a teen who said the alleged victim was 14 when the two played together at a high school in Maryland in 2013.
The teen did not give his name.
It said he was a player for the U.S. Army Academy at West Point, N.Y., and coached a team of boys at the time.
The Post has not independently confirmed the story.
The site also has a history of stories about alleged child abuse and other misconduct, including the claims of the Duke lacrosse players in the 1970s that former coach Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing boys.
The story appeared on SportsTalk and was linked on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
SportsTalk said it did not remove the story and that it was taken down “due to concerns for the safety of the alleged victims.”
“It’s just hard for us to look at the news that this happened and say, ‘This is wrong,'” the teen told The AP.
“I think there are a lot of people who feel the same way, and I think they need to understand that.”
The teen told the AP that he and the other player did not play together, but that he is now an athlete, living in Washington state.
He said he didn’t think the teen was aware of the allegations until he told his coach about it.
The AP is not naming the teen because he is not an alleged victim.
The AP contacted the AP about the story, but did not hear back.
The U.K.-based website has reported several other stories about sexual abuse by professional athletes, including allegations by former NFL players and former basketball star J.R. Smith.
Smith, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence, has pleaded not guilty.