The Washington Post
(TNS) — A woman filed a protective order Monday against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson, the leading rusher for the College Football Playoff-bound Sooners. In the order, the woman refers to herself as a “victim of rape.”
In the protective order, which was obtained by the Oklahoman’s Brooke Pryor, the woman says the incident took place after she met Anderson and his friends at a bar on Nov. 16, two days before the Sooners’ game at Kansas.
The woman claims she planned on taking an Uber home but “Rodney’s friends insisted that he take me home.”
“All I remembered from the night was kissing him and vomiting for about 20 minutes,” the woman wrote in the request. “This past weekend, I was talking to a friend about the night and started recalling images and feelings of him forcing his fingers into my vagina and feeling sick, him biting me and me not feeling like I could say anything, and trying to get away from him to put clothes on.”
“I remember feeling like I couldn’t get away,” the woman added. “He knows where I live and I’m scared for my safety. This happened at my apartment.”
The Post does not normally name the victims of sexual assault.
An online case record says Cleveland County District Court Judge Jequita Napoli will hold a hearing on Dec. 18. No charges have been filed against Anderson, though a criminal investigation is ongoing, a Norman Police Department detective told Pryor.
Derek Chance, Anderson’s Oklahoma City-based attorney, called the allegations “patently false” in a statement released Tuesday to the Tulsa World.
“Mr. Anderson first learned of (the) request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening,” the statement reads. “Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the woman’s) claims. The allegations are patently false. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman.
“There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion. However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit, as is the case for Mr. Anderson. It is incumbent on our community to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit. We are confident that when authorities have all of the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete.”
Chance also says the woman made her claims only after Anderson rejected a relationship with her.
Anderson, a redshirt sophomore from Katy, Texas, has a team-high 960 rushing yards to go along with 11 touchdowns on the ground.
He has 1,041 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns over the past six games.
This season, Anderson assumed the spot in the Sooners’ backfield previously held by Joe Mixon, who was suspended for the entire 2014 season after he punched a woman at a Norman restaurant.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Mixon in the second round of this year’s draft.
Oklahoma faces Georgia in a College Football Playoffs semifinal on Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl.
“We’re aware and are gathering more information,” Oklahoma football spokesman Michael Houck told Pryor.