Stu­dent ac­cuses Tar Heels player of sex­ual as­sault

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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.

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