Oklahoma Sooners running back Rodney Anderson was accused of rape by a woman who filed an emergency order of protection against him.
Anderson, Oklahoma’s leading rusher this season, denied the allegations through his attorney.
In the protective order filing, the accuser claims that she was drinking at a bar on Nov. 16 when she met Anderson for the first time. Anderson’s friends “were insistent that he take” her home instead of taking an Uber.
“Mr. Anderson first learned of (the woman’s) request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening,” attorney Derek Chance said. “Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the woman’s) claims. 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.”
The woman said she began recalling “images and feelings of Anderson forcing his fingers” inside her and biting her. The woman said she tried to get away but Anderson followed her.
No charges had been filed against Anderson as of Tuesday morning. He was ordered to pay the court costs in the order filing.
Anderson rushed for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
The Sooners face Georgia in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl with the winner to play for the national championship.