Two University of Miami football players were arrested and charged with sexual battery Tuesday morning. JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa, both sophomore linebackers, admitted to Coral Gables police that they raped a 17-year-old girl on campus over the weekend, according to the Miami Herald.
Both players have been dismissed from the program and suspended from school.
“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team,” said athletic director Blake James in a statement. “The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus activities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.
“Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students – especially student athletes – to the highest standards of moral conduct. The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all.”
Police reports state that the incident occurred last Friday, July 4, “in the early morning hours” at Pearson Hall on Miami’s campus. According to the Herald, the players admitted to drugging and giving alcohol to the victim. Police described the victim as “physically helpless to resist.”
“Blue and Figueroa administered or had knowledge of someone else administering to the victim a narcotic, anesthetic, or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated the victim without her knowledge or consent.”
On Tuesday morning, both players admitted to police that they bought and administered “several alcoholic beverages for the victim” before they brought her to Blue’s dorm room. Both players also “admitted to performing sexual acts on her without her consent,” according to the Herald.
Figueroa appeared in nine games for the Hurricanes last season, starting two. He registered 12 total tackles and one sack. Blue appeared in two games and made one tackle.
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