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Georgia Starting LB Adam Anderson Suspended Amid Rape Investigation: Reports

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Georgia star linebacker Adam Anderson has been indefinitely suspended after a 21-year-old woman accused him of rape last week in an Athens-Clarke County Police incident report, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

A senior from Rome, Georgia, Anderson leads No. 1 Georgia with five sacks and is considered a late first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He has not been arrested.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart released a statement on Thursday evening.

“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. I will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.”

According to ESPN, he has not been arrested at this time. According to Athens-Clarke County Police Department incident report obtained by ESPN, the 21-year old woman had told police that she had gone to a house in Athens between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. on Friday morning. “The victim stated that she went to a residence after having some drinks and awoke to the suspect penetrating her while she was lying (in) bed. She stated that it was nonconsensual, and that she was able to leave.”

Later on that same day is when she reported the incident to the police department. The same day, the football team had left for Jacksonville, where they would be playing Florida. Anderson played in the game against Florida. This was all on October 29. Since this is an ongoing investigation, it was not disclosed whether Anderson has been contacted yet.

Steve Sadow, the attorney representing Anderson, released a statement on Thursday night to Athens Banner-Herald.

“Adam denies in the strongest terms possible the unfounded and unsupported allegations of sexual misconduct,” Sadow said. “He has been notified of the allegations made to the police and to the UGA Equal Opportunity Office (EOO), and has come to learn that the complainant has already apparently made inconsistent claims — that she was “unconscious” during the conduct to the EOO but “awoke” from sleep by the conduct to the police. 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 is being projected as a first round-draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and leads the Dawgs with five sacks.

This story will continue to develop.

Written by Trey Wallace

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