NFL player Josh McNary charged with rape

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Joshua McNary (L) during a game for the Army Black Knights during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on December 30, 2010 in Dallas, Texas (AFP Photo/Ronald Martinez)
Joshua McNary (L) during a game for the Army Black Knights during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on December 30, 2010 in Dallas, Texas (AFP Photo/Ronald Martinez)

Indianapolis (AFP) - Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary has been charged with rape after a 29-year-old woman was allegedly held against her will in an apartment following a night of downtown bar hopping.

American prosecutors have charged the 26-year-old McNary, of Houston, Texas, with one count of rape, one count of criminal confinement and one count of battery resulting in bodily injury, court documents show.

The alleged incident took place December 1. The woman said she finished work at 11:30 p.m. then met up with some friends. They visited different bars before she ended up at an "unknown apartment" in the early morning hours with a man she had just met, court documents say.

She said she didn't remember how she got to the apartment. But the woman told police she admitted to kissing and "being flirty" with the male prior to an argument between the two.

According to court documents, the two ended up in the bedroom where he tried to kiss her. The woman said the man got upset when she told him to stop and prevented her from leaving.

"He scared me, intimidated me and scared me," she told police.

The woman said she grabbed a cellphone as she left the apartment and police say they later traced it to McNary.

The Colts said they are trying to gather more information about what happened.

"We are aware that there has been a report about Josh McNary, but unfortunately that's the limit of our knowledge," the team said.

"At this time we are very concerned and trying to find out what the relevant facts are, but we have insufficient information to venture any opinion. As we learn more we will make appropriate updates."

The league recently stepped up its policy for addressing assault and domestic violence following criticism of the way it handled allegations of crimes against women.

McNary, who plays mainly on special teams, appeared in 15 games for the Colts this season, recording 28 tackles.

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