Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Georgia’s Anderson investigates alleged rape, suspended

ATLANTA (NWN) — Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson’s senior season has been put on hold while he is being investigated by Athens police for rape.

No charges have been filed, but Anderson has been suspended and will not play in Saturday’s No. 1 Georgia game against Missouri, according to his attorney, Steve Sadow.

Sado told The Associated Press that Anderson had been suspended by Georgia “pending an investigation.”

According to the Athens-Clark County Police Incident Report obtained by The Associated Press, a 21-year-old woman reported the alleged rape on October 29.

According to the incident report, she told police that she went to a residence in Athens on October 29 after having a few drinks and got up in bed while Anderson was having sex with her.

The woman told officers that the sex was not consensual and she was able to leave the house.

Athens-Clark County Police Lieutenant Sean Barnett told the NWN: “The investigation is still ongoing.”

A day after the alleged incident, Anderson made seven tackles in Georgia’s 34-7 win over Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sado, said Anderson denied the allegation.

“Adam strongly denies the baseless and unsupported allegations of sexual misconduct,” Sado said in a statement to the NWN.

Added Sado: “In the interest of justice and fairness, Adam expects and prays for the UGA community and the public to keep an open mind and not prejudice him on the basis of inconsistent, baseless and baseless allegations.”

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement released Thursday: “We are aware of the report and we do not comment on law enforcement matters, but I am clear about the high standards we have for our student-athletes in the field. I will work closely with my administration to ensure that we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.

Georgia officials would not confirm that Anderson has been suspended indefinitely.

Anderson, a senior, leads the Bulldogs with five sacks. He is fifth in the team with 32 tackles.

Anderson is a key start for a defense that leads the nation with his average of just 6.6 points. His absence could affect the Bulldogs’ hopes of winning their first national championship since 1980.

Georgia claimed the top spot in this week’s first college football playoff rankings. It has already secured a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game on December 4 in Atlanta.

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