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Report: Sexual battery charges lead to Miami dismissing two players

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Miami is acting quickly in response to two players being charged for sexual battery. Linebackers JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were arrested on sexual battery charges on Tuesday. The two were quickly reported to be dismissed from the football team by head coach Al Golden.

The Associated Press reported the two linebackers each face charges for sexual battery on a physically helpless victim. On top of that, Figueroa was charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver’s license. Details about the incident are still being confirmed at this time, so there could be much more to this story soon enough.

Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com reported via Twitter the two players were dismissed from the program on Tuesday. To be dismissed so quickly by a program may speak volumes about the legitimacy of the charges and the situation. Typically an indefinite suspension is the first move b a program, but Golden and the Hurricanes struck quickly with a full dismissal.

Both players played mostly a back-up role for the Hurricanes last season, although Figueroa started two games at outside linebacker earlier in the season.

UPDATE (1:54 p.m.): Miami athletics director Blake James has issued a statement about the dismissal of the two players. It reads as follows;

“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. The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all.”

According to the Miami Herald, the alleged victim reported the crime to University of Miami police. Coral Gables police then handled the investigation and made the arrests. Figueroa and Blue admitted to police to buying the victim drinks, escorting the victim back to Figueroa’s dorm and then performing sexual acts without consent.

University of Miami president Donna Shalala issued a statement as well, confirming she has spoken to the victim and assured the victim this will be handled appropriately. Her statement reads as follows;

“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,” Shalala said in her statement. “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.” 

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26 Responses to “Report: Sexual battery charges lead to Miami dismissing two players”
  1. honkerdawg says: Jul 8, 2014 1:13 PM

    Granted they’re both backups, but at least Golden is showing everybody he’s serious about the Miami program

  2. gatorprof says: Jul 8, 2014 1:42 PM

    Nice to see decisive action. Kudos to Golden.

  3. dmarado says: Jul 8, 2014 1:43 PM

    Good to see the Canes at least trying to regain the glory years.

  4. davefromwork says: Jul 8, 2014 1:46 PM

    Golden and the UM Athletic Dept made the right move. Should be an obvious move, unfortunately, many programs don’t move as quickly or decisively.

    Blue was a nobody as a football player, not likely to ever see more than occasional ST action. Figueroa was gonna start this season, though, and Miami is not deep at LB. So not an easy guy to lose, but clearly the right decision.

  5. dhardy8207 says: Jul 8, 2014 1:49 PM

    He appears to be setting the tone for current players as well as future commits. I agree that a dismissal so quickly means there is some validity to the charges.

    Also the notation of “a physically helpless victim” is a strange description unless that is intended to mean she was intoxicated. If that’s the case, consensual likely won’t fly…

  6. eidolon21 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:19 PM

    too bad Michigan ignores this type of crime

  7. phinfanatic84 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:33 PM

    Figueroa would have been a starter this year. Injured his shoulder last year and needed surgery. Huge loss but I’m very happy that Miami kicked off both players from the team and barred them from all campus facilities.

    The actions of the UM faculty is night and day compared to FSU. Kudos to UM doing the RIGHT thing and speaking to the victim and giving her their full support.

  8. chc4 says: Jul 8, 2014 3:49 PM

    Both of these guys will welcomed into the Auburn family shortly!

  9. kosarkid says: Jul 8, 2014 3:58 PM

    Makes a thin position even thinner, but definitely the right decision.

  10. phinfanatic84 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:06 PM

    I just read an article on Bleacher Report that showed Manny Navarro’s twitter pic of the actual police report and those two guys are getting locked up. They violated all 3 of her holes while she was incapacitated. They are low life sexual predators and have no place on any University’s campus in the future.

  11. phinfanatic84 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:08 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Manny_Navarro/status/486563411656859649/photo/1

  12. seminolez says: Jul 8, 2014 4:15 PM

    Hey phin, you big dummy,

    They had no evidence on winston and he was thus never arrested. Thats why he was never suspended for the incident you’re referring to.

  13. psly2124 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:51 PM

    Surprise surprise both assailants were black. Hopefully they also will be charged with a hate crime. Where al sharpton and Jesse Jackson sticking up for the victim. They won’t be.

  14. auburntigers34 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:54 PM

    chc4 says:
    Jul 8, 2014 3:49 PM
    Both of these guys will welcomed into the Auburn family shortly!

    When Auburn accepts a transfer from someone charged with a felony and/or sexual assault, feel free to run that mouth. Until then, just stfu.

  15. atxcane says: Jul 8, 2014 6:04 PM

    @auburntigers34
    “When Auburn accepts a transfer from someone charged with a felony…”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3718266

    Just sayin…

    Back to Miami though. *@#! Figs is a HUGE loss.

  16. canetic says: Jul 8, 2014 6:57 PM

    Adios. Enjoy prison ball!

  17. 2difshoe says: Jul 8, 2014 8:32 PM

    Hey phinfanatic84:

    Try orifice, have some compassion.

    Your commentary leads us to believe he would have violated a 4th of yours, the one in your head.

  18. phinfanatic84 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:04 PM

    They had no evidence on Winston or didn’t look for any evidence? You mean the detective who kept telling the accuser that Tallahassee is a football town and that her life would be a living hell if she pursued this. The Tallahassee DA having a press conference wearing an FSU color themed tie? The State Attorney’s office looking into the sham of an investigation by the Tallahassee PD? The university have a dog and pony show hearing on the other two football players violating the schools code of ethics. Complete joke of an investigation and then they cried foul when a New York City newspaper ran an article on the Keystone Cops type of an investigation that the Tallahassee PD did on the Winston case.

    Didn’t FSU fans pick up on Donna Shalala’s veiled quote when she said: “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.”

    That people is real leadership and a person who puts the safety of all of her students ahead of protecting the students that generate revenue for the university.

  19. phinfanatic84 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:34 PM

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/16/sports/errors-in-inquiry-on-rape-allegations-against-fsu-jameis-winston.html?_r=0

    Here’s the link to that article that I referenced above… read it and you’ll shake your head at how poor FSU and especially the Tallahassee PD handled that case. It’s pretty sad when the Detective handling the case moonlights as a private body guard for the largest FSU booster. The lack of an investigation led a member of the State’s Attorneys office to say that they couldn’t get a conviction on Jameis Winston, not necessarily that they believe that he is innocent.

  20. mnsurferpimp says: Jul 9, 2014 12:36 AM

    There were glaring holes , err I mean “orifices” in the JW alleged rape case. They were from the Alleged “victim”… I have zero dog in that fight, only to see justice served. Everything I read showed the Girl was not raped at all. She was NOT, a victim! Please do not spin this & turn this in a conspiracy theory! She should be charged for false accusations and making it much harder for real rape victims to come forward and feel supported!

  21. auburntigers34 says: Jul 9, 2014 8:16 AM

    Yeah, buying a stolen laptop and sodomizing a helpless victim are definitely in the same ball park.

  22. chachooga says: Jul 9, 2014 9:04 AM

    Glad Golden isn’t messing around…these aren’t the first he has kicked off. He really is a great gem to have as a coach, I just hope he starts winning for his sake.

    Figueroa is a HUGE loss, projected starter and an athletic phenom. LB was thin for UM already now two less…ouch.

    This crap is so horrible and so common….this happens to too many women while in college and it is never reported, I can’t imagine the scars. Our perverted sex obsessed culture will only get worse. So sad and horrible.

    I know the Winston lines are easy to make but FSU did dismiss a player with a similar incident of battery last year, I don’t remember the player but he was a young talent from south Florida.

  23. chc4 says: Jul 9, 2014 9:41 AM

    auburntigers34 says:
    Jul 9, 2014 8:16 AM

    Yeah, buying a stolen laptop and sodomizing a helpless victim are definitely in the same ball park.
    _________________________________
    You said Auburn wouldn’t accept a transfer charged with a felony and were proven wrong. That’s the point. Nice attempt to deflect though.

  24. onlyoneleft says: Jul 9, 2014 7:47 PM

    They should have went to Florida State. They would still be in school.

  25. ducksk says: Jul 9, 2014 9:57 PM

    Prison ball I hope for a long career. I don’t want to hear innocent til proven, read one of them admitted! There is a special place in hell for these goons, lock them up. And if it were your daughter?

  26. dhardy8207 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:05 AM

    @phin;

    With all due respect sir you might as well not try and argue with the FSU tribe. They will continue to throw out ever derogatory detail about that young lady’s past to justify their star player’s role in that incident.

    Whats amazing is, in most trials a victim’s previous history cannot be entered in as evidence as to not influence the jury unless the victim has been charged with a criminal offense that might somehow show a pattern. TPD made sure they aired every speck of dirt they could find on her, alot of which was hearsay. If they could get away with not properly investigating a sexual assault, a little bit of unsubstantiated rumors to blur her character is childs play.

    Secondly, the many many male bloggers on this site are quick to speak up for a male student’s permiscuous activity to be “guys just being a guy” but a female is a slut, whore, etc… Ironic how “the guys” forget that it takes whorish men participating in order for a female to be a “slut, whore”, etc..With Winston all his “poor judgement decisions” the excuse is offered that “he’s still a kid”, “he’s immature” and this is excusable because of such reasons. But the young lady involved no such excuses can be made for her.

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