Protective order issued against OU running back Rodney Anderson

Lucy Hill
December 6, 2017

An emergency protective order filed against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson accuses him of rape, according to a Cleveland County court petition obtained Tuesday morning by the Tulsa World.

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 November 16, two days before the Sooners' game at Kansas. She said she was planning to take an Uber home, but Anderson's friends "were insistent that he take" her home. She stated she was "not feeling like I could say anything, and trying to get away from him to put clothes on".

As of Tuesday at 11 a.m., Anderson has not been charged. According to ESPN, a hearing is scheduled for December 18.

As a result of this situation, Anderson's availability to play when Oklahoma plays Georgia on New Year's Day in one of the College Football Playoff national semifinal games is in doubt.

Anderson, who is from Katy, Texas, has become a key force on the OU offense in the second half of this season, rushing for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns, plus 283 receiving yards and five touchdowns. As of now, Anderson is still a member of the team.

Until then, Anderson is prohibited from having any contact with the alleged victim and to stay away from her residence.

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"Mr. Anderson first learned of [the woman's] request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening", attorney Derek Chance said in the statement.

The University of Oklahoma has not yet issued any further statement other than to say they are looking into this.

The Washington Post does not normally name the victims of sexual assault. The allegations are patently false.

Anderson is the Sooners' leading rusher, averaging nearly 6.0 yards per carry with 960 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

A University of Oklahoma spokesman said that the university is investigating the matter. 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. Oklahoma plays Georgia in a national semifinal on January 1. As she attempted to leave, the woman claims Anderson followed her.

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