Late yesterday, reports surfaced that an emergency victim protective order had been issued against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson. Now, we’re learning more about the allegations that led to the order.
According to the affidavit, Anderson is accused of rape.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 5, 2017
The incident allegedly happened on November 16, and the potential victim included a graphic account of the incident included with the filing of the VPO.
“On 16 NOV 17, I was drinking at a bar and met some guys, including Rodney Anderson, for the first time through conversation. We went to a second bar and I was planning on Ubering home myself, but Rodney’s friends were insistent that he take me home. All I remembered from the night was kissing him a vomiting for about twenty minutes. This past weekend, I was talking to a friend about the night and started recalling image and feelings of him forcing his fingers into my vagina and feeling sick, him biting me and me not feeling like I could say anything, and trying to get away from him to put clothes on, but he followed me asking what I thought I was doing. My nipple hurt for the next three days and I felt sick the entire next day. I remember feeling like I couldn’t get away. He knows where I live and I’m scared for my safety this. This happened in my apartment.”
This doesn’t look good for Anderson, but it’s important to remember that these are only allegations at this point. Anderson has denied the claim through his attorney.
“Mr. Anderson first learned of [the victim’s] request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening, Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by [the woman’s] claims. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman. There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion. However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit — as is the case for Mr. Anderson. It is incumbent on our community to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit. We are confident that when authorities have all of the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete.”
Heavily criticized for how they handled the Joe Mixon incident, How Oklahoma, and new head coach Lincoln Riley, handle this situation is being closely followed as this has the potential to set the tone for the program moving forward. A spokesperson for the University said yesterday that they are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information.