Two University of Miami football players, Alexander Figueroa, 20, and Jawand Blue, 20have been fired after admitting to plying a 17 year old with alcohol and narcotics before proceeding to sexually take advantage of the girl on campus.
The admission has since led to the pair being charged with sexual battery as well as being suspended from the university.
According to the Miami Herald, the attack happened over the July 4 holiday weekend, with the victim, a University of Miami student, having reported the incident to cops which led to a subsequent investigation by the university and authorities.
Subsequent to the girl’s report the players, both linebackers went to Coral Gables Police Station and told cops that they bought booze for the victim. They would admit that the attack had come to take place inside Figueroa’s Pearson Hall dorm room in the school.
CBS Miami would tell according to arresting documents Alexander Figueroa and Jawand Blue, along with giving the girl alcohol also came to administer without the girl’s consent or knowledge ‘a narcotic, anesthetic or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated her.’
Since charges have been levied against the players, the school football team, the Miami Hurricanes fired the players with UM Director of Athletic Blake James offering the following statement:
Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team. The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.
Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students – especially student athletes – to the highest standards of moral conduct.
Also releasing a statement was University of Miami President Donna Shalala:
The safety and welfare of our students is fundamental to our mission as a university. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence. There is no confusion about our responsibility as a university: We will fully and compassionately support the victim of sexual assault. I have spoken to her myself and reassured her of our full support.
We have suspended the men involved, and they have been barred from campus. Our athletic director has taken firm action ending their involvement in the football program. We have notified the individuals involved that the university is beginning an investigation immediately, which we expect to conclude quickly and fairly. We will also continue to cooperate with the police in their ongoing criminal investigation.
At present it is not understood what inspired the sexual molestation of the woman and if the sexual abuse was a result of predatory behavior at the hands of football players who view young girls as sexual objects for the taking. A sensibility that in the past has been endemic amongst athletes, especially footballers who take the unbridled institutional support of their schools as a given and as a license to act with impunity.
The pair have since been deleted from the Miami Hurricanes website.