Colts' McNary placed on the NFL's exempt list

Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:02pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Josh McNary, an Indianapolis Colts reserve linebacker charged with raping a 29-year-old woman in December, has been placed on the NFL's commissioner exempt list, the league said on Thursday.

Being on the list means McNary cannot play or practice with the team, which is in the NFL playoffs, until his legal issues are resolved.

McNary, a second-year NFL player, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday and was free after posting $25,000 bond.

The linebacker was charged Wednesday in Marion County Superior Court with felony rape, criminal confinement and battery. He is accused of attacking the woman in his Indianapolis apartment when she rejected his advances.

"He scared me, intimidated me," the woman told detectives.

The Colts, who had asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to place McNary on the exempt list, play the New England Patriots in the American Football Conference championship on Sunday with the winner headed to the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

McNary's lawyer, Edward Schrager, released a statement saying the player denies all the accusations.

The charges and affidavit are not evidence of wrongdoing, but "simply one side's story," the statement said. "Joshua has full faith and confidence in the American way, including its justice system."   Continued...

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary reacts against the Denver Broncos in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver, Colorado,  in this January 11, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports/Files