Georgia Football Star Adam Anderson Suspended Following Rape Accusation

Athens, United States: April 11, 2020: Georgia Logo on Sanford Stadium Fence with empty stadium seats

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Georgia football star Adam Anderson has been suspended after being accused of rape.

ESPN reports that a 21-year-old woman accused the Bulldogs star linebacker of rape after an incident last weekend following Georgia’s win over the rival Florida Gators.

Anderson has denied the allegations through his attorney but has been suspended indefinitely. The senior has not been arrested.

“In the interest of justice and fairness, Adam hopes and prays the UGA community and the public keep an open mind and not prejudge him based on inconsistent, unsubstantiated and baseless accusations,” Anderson’s attorney, Steve Sadow, said.

From the ESPN report:

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department incident report, a 21-year-old woman told police that she went to a house in Athens, Georgia, between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday. After having drinks, the woman said, she woke up while Anderson was raping her. She reported it to police later that day. Anderson played in Georgia’s 34-7 victory over Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday.

Anderson leads the No. 1 Bulldogs with five sacks and is ranked second on the team with 5.5 tackles for a loss.

Georgia issued a statement on Thursday acknowledging the allegations.

“We are aware of the report, and we don’t comment on law enforcement matters, but I’ve been clear about the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said on Thursday. “I will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.”

Up next for Georgia is a meeting with the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff on Saturday is set for 12:00 p.m. ET.

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