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The woman who accused former Auburn running back Jovon Robinson of domestic violence emailed Auburn coach Gus Malzahn after Robinson’s dismissal and said she lied in her initial accusations.
Robinson was dismissed Aug. 3 after Malzahn said the running back didn’t live up to the expectations of an Auburn football player. Following Malzahn’s public statement, the woman said she made up an accusation she previously sent to the coach that Robinson pushed her out of his room so hard that her head smashed into the door and she skinned both her knees on the carpet in the hallway outside his room.
From Al.com, which obtained the emails and communication between the accuser and employees of the school via a public information request. Robinson has said he was not in a physical incident while the woman told the site she made up the accusation because she was angry he didn’t want her in his room.
“I’m not sure if your decision today had anything to do with my situation a few weeks ago, but I just wanted you to know that I made up the entire thing simply because I was upset with Jovon at the time,” the accuser wrote to Malzahn. “I haven’t had any contact with him in the past few weeks but I do not think my lie should have costed him his spot on the team. Please consider changing your mind because I would really hate to see a person with so much potential lose his opportunity because of my silly fib. Jovon didn’t do anything to me that night but ask me to leave his room and I was upset about that.”
The woman first emailed Malzahn on July 16, according to Al.com’s report and accused Robinson of accidentally breaking her necklace and refusing to apologize. She said in the initial allegations she had a bruised shoulder and a knot on her forehead from the shove, which allegedly occurred after the two were watching TV in his room.
Malzahn forwarded her accusations to the school’s Title IX department. A member of the school’s Title IX staff contacted the accuser to ask for more information. The woman told Al.com she told the member of the Title IX staff that she made up her accusation and left the room on her own when she was asked for documentation of her injuries.
The accuser claims Taylor “wanted me to send her pictures.
“Me knowing that it wasn’t true, I never did. They never saw any physical bruises on me” and the university “never had any hard evidence” to support her claims against Robinson, which she said she told Taylor were untrue.
“(Taylor) really wanted to make it a big deal, after I told her basically that I lied,” the accuser told AL.com. “I can see her calling me one time after I said it, but two times and then a week later? That kind of made me wonder, why was she trying to do that?”
Robinson ran for 639 yards and three touchdowns in 2015 and was Auburn’s projected starter before his dismissal. He said after he was dismissed that he was “stereotyped and disrespected.”
After his dismissal, the site cited sources saying he was dismissed for “multiple recent incidents.” One fit the description of the accusation by the woman as well as a party incident that led to injuries to graduate transfer Marshall Taylor.
RB Kerryon Johnson was Auburn’s leading rusher during its 19-13 Week 1 loss to Clemson. Johnson ran for 94 yards on 23 carries while four other players combined for -7 yards on 18 attempts.
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