Football is the last thing on the minds of the University of Miami Athletic Department this morning as two members of the Miami Hurricanes football team have been arrested for alleged sexual battery.
Miguel Fernandez of CBS 4 in Miami is reporting that two members of the University of Miami Hurricane football team have been arrested and police reports state that the two athletes are being held on charges they raped a 17 year old female in their dorm.
Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa, both 20 years old, were arrested on the schools campus Tuesday. The allegations stem from an incident that occurred on July 5th at the dorms at Pearson Hall. Campus police were notified by the victim and Coral Gables police were called in to investigate.
In addition to the sexual battery charges, both men will also face charges of giving alcohol to a minor. The statement says that Blue and Figueroa bought alcohol and giving it to the girl then taking her back to their room.
According to NBC Miami the two men have admitted to performing sex acts without her permission.
“The victim was physically helpless to resist,” the reports said.
Blue and Figueroa played linebacker for the team and were both sophomore’s. Both have been permanently removed from the UM football team by Athletic Director Blake James.
“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team. 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,” James said. “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.”
It’s a chilling story and police are still getting to the bottom of just what happened and where to move forward with the investigation and the charges for the two players from here.