Only one word can be used to describe what allegedly occurred this past weekend between two Miami (FL) linebackers and a 17-year-old woman on campus – disturbing. According to police reports, JaWand Blue and Alex Figueroa – two members of the Hurricanes’ linebacking unit – admitted to drugging a woman before raping her while she lay “physically helpless”. Via Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald:
Blue and Figueroa administered or had knowledge of someone else administering to the victim a narcotic, anesthetic or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated the victim without her prior knowledge or consent. Police said the victim was physically helpless to resist.
Here’s a photo of the police report, via WINZ’s Andy Slater.
Two Univ. of Miami football players arrested this morning, accused of sexual battery. pic.twitter.com/aI8RZh67z5
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 8, 2014
The police claim that both Blue and Figueroa admitted to both crimes. As such, they’ve already been dismissed from the team.
According to the arrest report both Figueroa and Blue admitted to drugging and giving the juvenile alcohol before having sex with her #UM
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 8, 2014
Blake James, the school’s AD, has issued a statement on the matter. He added that they’ve been suspended from the school while the university investigates the situation internally.
“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. 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.”
If this all turns out to be true, it’s absolutely disgusting. More as we learn it.