Woman requests protective order, accuses OU running back of rape

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NORMAN, Okla. – A woman has filed a protective order against an OU running back, accusing him of rape.

“Yesterday afternoon, about 12:15 p.m., we had an individual come into the police department and file a report,” Sarah Jensen, with the Norman Police Department, said.

Inside that report are rape allegations against Rodney Anderson, a running back for the University of Oklahoma.

“The adult female said that after a night of drinking alcohol, she accepted a ride home from an acquaintance. Some consensual kissing occurred after that contact,” Jensen said.

According to a request for an emergency protective order filed by the alleged victim, it happened back on Nov. 16 when she met Anderson at a bar.

In the court documents, the alleged victim said that she "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 and vomiting for about 20 minutes."

She continues on to say, “This weekend, I was talking to a friend about the night and started recalling images 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.”

Anderson's attorney vehemently denies the accusations.

“Mr. Anderson first learned of Ms. ********’s request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening.  Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by Ms. *******’s claims.  The allegations are patently false.  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,” he said in a statement.

The redshirt sophomore runningback is well-known to Sooner fans. This season, he became the team's leading rusher with 960 years and 16 touchdowns.

News 4 spoke with students on campus, who tell us in their minds, he is innocent until proven guilty.

“I think if things are proven and if they’re true, then it’d probably be grounds for removal from the team,” one student told News 4.

“The allegations should definitely be taken seriously. Immediately and any efforts to find out the truth should be made. Until then, I don’t think he should be let go from the team, maybe suspended until they can figure out more,” said another student.

An OU spokesperson said they are aware of the situation and are working with police.

“The university is aware of the situation and is following our protocols in coordinating with the Norman Police Department, which is currently handling the inquiry. The university takes seriously all allegations of misconduct and is continuing to collect information in this matter,” a spokesman said.

Anderson is scheduled for a hearing on Dec. 18.

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