The Miami Hurricanes have dismissed two players, including one potential starter in the wake of their arrest for sexual battery.
Alex Figueroa and reserve linebacker JaWand Blue were arrested Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported, after admitting to police they got a 17-year-old girl drunk and then raped her on campus over the Fourth of July weekend.
The Miami Herald reports the victim reported the assault to Coral Gables police after the attack in the early-morning hours on Saturday morning in one of the dormitory’s and the victim was physically helpless to defend herself against the attack.
“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team,” athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.”
An ugly incident to be sure and Miami did the right thing in dismissing the players immediately following the heinous attack.
Figueroa was in line to start at one of the outside linebacker positions on the Hurricane defense after starting two games last season. Blue appeared in two games, making one tackle last year, and not Miami will have to rely on others to complement Denzel Perryman at the linebacker unit.
Perryman is one of, if not, the best inside linebacker in college this season and likely will be flanked by Thurston Armbrister and Raphael Kirby at the outside linebacker positions with one or two freshmen contributing much earlier than anticipated for Al Golden’s team.