Two Miami Football Players Arrested For Sexual Battery

According to multiple media reports, two University of Miami football players have been arrested for allegedly performing sex acts on an underage girl.

I first saw the story on Gawker, then followed their link to CBS Miami.

You can find all the sordid, revolting details at the links above. I choose to focus on the actions taken by the University of Miami.

Here is the statement from Miami's Director of Athletics Blake James:

"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."

Then, this, from UM's President Donna Shalala (emphasis mine):

"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.

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."

In short, the players have been kicked off the football team, suspended from the university and banned from campus. The school also unequivocally pledged its support for the victim, is launching an investigation while fully cooperating with the police.

Oddly enough, there was no quote from a coach pledging his support for the players and no representative from any campus ministry tried to get the victim to a prayer meeting, you know, for the good of the team.

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