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Oklahoma Running Back Rodney Anderson Cleared After Sexual Assault Allegations

Police investigated Oklahoma University running back Rodney Anderson after he was accused of sexual assault by a woman who filed an emergency protection order against him. The local district attorney’s office cleared Anderson, deciding that criminal charges were not warranted after interviewing the woman’s friends and looking at text messages that Anderson and his accuser exchanged.

How were the accusations investigated?

According to Assistant District Attorney Susan Caswell, the alleged victim “never communicated to Mr. Anderson in any way to let him know that she did not want to do this” while they were consensually on a date together. Additionally, the two exchanged “several back-and-forth [text] messages that were friendly … stating that they had fun and that she had hoped to see Mr. Anderson again.”

Friends of the woman corroborated this sequence of events, with one detailing how the accuser had called her while she and Anderson were on their date to say she was “very excited” and eager to continue their sexual activity.

Glenn’s take:

This story is a reminder that while rape allegations should always be taken seriously, they should also be properly investigated. We can’t convict people for crimes without evidence.

“Never pre-determine someone’s fate based off an accusation,” Glenn said. “The accuser should be treated seriously and fairly, but so should the accused.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: If you googled the name Rodney Anderson before yesterday, you might think the star running back from Oklahoma University was a rapist. Anderson’s accuser claimed he had raped her on November 16th, and - after a few weeks - a friend of hers convinced her to come forward. The story alleged that on the evening of November 16th, Anderson and the accuser had met up at a bar. Later that night she decided to go home with him. It was then that she claimed he raped and bit her.

Anderson categorically denied the allegation, but the media exposure continued to pile on. The story seemed yet another domino in this post Weinstein era. Hollywood, corporations and Washington had already fallen. It seemed only too obvious that the sporting world was next. That’s the mentality we have lately. With forty plus accusations of sexual misconduct in under two months, everyone waits with bated breath to find out which industry will be the next to fall.

Up until this point - over the past couple of months - most companies have responded to similar accusations with an immediate suspension or termination. In this new age of instant information and social media, accusation is equivalent to guilt. One sports analyst summed this up perfectly when he called for Anderson’s suspension on an Oklahoma City talk radio station. He said:

“[It’s] Business, right? We’re talking about a billion-dollar athletic

department. It’s not the best thing for Rodney Anderson. I understand that. But it’s the best thing for the brand.”

This kind of thinking is exactly what’s enabling and fueling this witch hunt mentality. ‘We can’t have bad press!! Label him a rapist and let’s be done with it!!’

Anderson’s story was already trending all over the country. The tag lines included the words “Anderson”, “star running back” and “rape.” Can you imagine what would have happened if the University of Oklahoma prematurely suspended him for rape? He would have been finished, but we’ve seen it handled that way literally DOZENS of times over the past two months.

The DA’s office announced yesterday that no charges would be filed. Text messages were found showing that the accuser was lying. Witness interviews reported that the accuser thought Anderson was a quote “nice guy” for not going all the way with her that night. It was only after Anderson stopped responding to her advances that she decided to accuse him of rape.

This story is a perfect example of a couple things. First, never pre-determine someone’s fate based off of an accusation. The accuser should be treated seriously and fairly, but so should the accused. Second, this rush to save face and protect the brand is creating a lynch mob mentality that has got to stop. The University of Oklahoma handled this the right way. Maybe the rest of the country can follow that example.

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