Another top Florida university quarterback accused of sex assault

Mon Oct 6, 2014 7:09pm EDT
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By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO (Reuters) - University of Florida backup quarterback Treon Harris was suspended from all team activities Monday after a female student accused him of sexual assault in a dorm, the university said.

The female student's accusation comes as the National Football League and Florida State University, another college football powerhouse, remain under scrutiny for the way they have handled actions by their players against women.

"We’re cooperating with the investigation. I’m optimistic this is not a criminal case,” said Harris' lawyer, Huntley Johnson, who added that the freshman was also suspended from campus.

UF and the University Athletic Association, a direct support organization with the authority to suspend Harris, were also cooperating with the investigation, according to a statement from the university press office.

“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” UF President Bernie Machen said.

FSU is currently facing a federal investigation for its handling of a sexual assault complaint against Heisman trophy- winning quarterback Jameis Winston, who plays for the Seminoles.

Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL last month after a video caught him in the act of punching his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino. He had earlier been suspended for just two games.

The UF student reported that she was assaulted by Harris before dawn on Sunday, the day after the freshman football player led the Gators to a comeback victory against Tennessee, according to the university police log.   Continued...