MIAMI (AP) - The University of Miami has reacted swiftly after sexual battery charges were brought against two of its football players, immediately dismissing both from the Hurricanes team and suspending them as students.
JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa, both 20-year-old sophomore linebackers, are accused of getting a 17-year-old girl drunk the night of July 5 and then repeatedly raping her at an on-campus residential hall. Each is charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim, and Figueroa is also charged with possessing a stolen or forged driver's license.
Court records did not list an attorney for either man.
University President Donna Shalala and Blake James, the school's athletic director, each issued statements condemning sexual assault. Shalala said she had spoken with the victim, a Miami student who was not identified.
"We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence," Shalala said.
Blue and Figueroa were jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail each.