A new report from The Oklahoman’s Brooke Pryor says that Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson is unlikely to face criminal charges following sexual assault allegations levied against him earlier this week.
The circumstances around the allegations remain murky, Anderson has yet to be arrested and as a result criminal charges aren’t expected to occur.
Much of this reasoning stems from Anderson’s attorney, who allegedly has proof of text messages sent to Anderson since the alleged rape took place on November 16th that will clear his client.
His attorney said the woman “attempted to pursue a relationship” with Anderson after their interactions last month and the running back “declined several social invitations” from her.
Anderson created a Twitter account on Tuesday to vehemently deny the allegations.
In my wildest dreams, I never thought I’d have to set up a Twitter account to defend myself. In the most possible straightforward and honest manner, I did not do this.@espn
— Rodney Anderson (@24RAnderson) December 5, 2017
All this news broke on Monday when it was first reported that a judge in Cleveland County, Oklahoma issued a protective order against Anderson, requiring him to stay away from the alleged victim and her residence. This reason for this was because the woman alleged Anderson assaulted her at her apartment and that she was “scared for [her] safety.”
The University has been very quiet on these allegations, simply saying it is “aware of the situation” and working to gather more information.
Anderson is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 18 for a hearing.
The Sooners just wrapped up a Big 12 championship in which Anderson had 24 carries for 93 yards. OU finished second in the College Football Playoff rankings and will play No. 3 Georgia on New Year’s Day in the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Rose Bowl.