Student accuses Tar Heels player of sexual assault
RALEIGH, N.C. » A magistrate issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a North Carolina football player accused of sexual battery and assault on a female student in February.
The warrant charges Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker From Marietta, Georgia, with two misdemeanors and says he had sex with the woman against her will when he “should have reasonably known that the other person was mentally incapacitated and physically helpless.”
The woman, Delaney Robinson, said she had become intoxicated after being out with friends and was unable to consent.
The Associated Press typically doesn’t identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Robinson held a news conference Tuesday, saying she filed for the misdemeanor charges after police and prosecutors indicated there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue felony charges.
Artis could not be reached for comment. He did not practice Tuesday and was indefinitely suspended under a university policy that applies to athletes charged with misdemeanors, team spokesman Kevin Best said.
Robinson’s lawyer said campus police botched the handling of a rape kit and the questioning of Artis.
Robinson, 19, said a video of that questioning angered her.
“Rather than accusing him of anything, the investigators talked to him in a tone of camaraderie. They provided reassurances to him when he became upset, even laughed with him when he told about how many girls’ phone numbers he was able to get on the same night,” the sophomore said as her father was seated next to her. “I was treated like a suspect.”
Clemson coach: Would not discipline player for protest
CLEMSON, S.C. » Coach Dabo Swinney says he wouldn’t discipline Clemson players for protesting the national anthem because just like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, they have that right.
But Swinney said Tuesday he disagrees with Kaepernick’s actions because they create divisiveness among people and muddy the message. After Swinney was asked if he would discipline one of the players on the fifth-ranked Tigers for an anthem protest, he said Kaepernick should have found another way to express his opinion without the polarizing gesture.
The coach noted that too often things get painted with a broad brush and people take sides and bar potential dialogue about issues.