Ex-Miami and Purdue QB charged with abuse; girlfriend thought she 'was going to die in his hands'

Robert Marve played three seasons at Purdue after transferring from Miami. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Robert Marve played three seasons at Purdue after transferring from Miami. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Former Miami and Purdue quarterback Robert Marve has been charged with felony abuse after allegedly stomping on his ex-girlfriend’s throat and hitting her.

Marve’s girlfriend said in a text message to the Tampa Bay Times that he had abused her multiple times.

Warrant issued for Marve’s arrest Wednesday

The alleged incident that led to the arrest warrant allegedly happened last week in Key West. In a text message to the Times, Channing Tomes said she was both physically and sexually abused by Marve in their relationship. She said she felt multiple times that she was going to die during alleged abuses.

I am adamantly pursuing these charges to ensure no women will ever walk into his life blindly. Robert Marve has continued to escalate in his abuse and on multiple occasions I felt as though I was going to die in his hands. I do not care if I am the face of this case, or if my sexual life, job or school is exposed in this process. My ultimate goal was to see that he never hurt another woman again and stand up for past victims who were too scared to come forward. Rape and domestic violence is never okay. I have found that the only ‘safe word’ with Robert Marve is 911.

Marve was booked into a Hillsborough County (Florida) jail on Friday on a count of battery by strangulation.

Marve transferred from Miami to Purdue

Marve, 29, was a four-star recruit in the class of 2007. He signed with Miami out of high school and played in 11 games in 2008 for the Hurricanes. In that season he threw nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

He sat out the 2009 season after transferring from Miami to Purdue, where he played from 2010-2012. He completed 64 percent of his passes over three seasons at Purdue and averaged 6.2 yards per attempt. He threw for 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with the Boilermakers and played in the Canadian Football League after his college career concluded.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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