Miami dismisses two linebackers facing sexual battery charges

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Coral Gables, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The University of Miami has dismissed linebackers Alex Figueroa and Jawand Blue from the team after they were charged with sexual battery.

A report by the Coral Gables police claimed Figueroa and Blue brought a 17-year old female back to a dorm room July 5 after the victim was given a “substance” that left her “mentally or physically incapacitated.”

Figueroa and Blue came into the police station and admitted performing sexual acts on the victim without her consent. Figueroa was additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver’s license.

“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team,” Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.”

“Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students — especially the student athletes — to the highest standards of a moral conduct,” he added.

James stressed that the “University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all.”

After the dismissal, both players’ names were removed from Miami’s official 2014 roster on the school’s athletics website by Tuesday afternoon.

Figueroa appeared in nine games while Blue played in two games for the Hurricanes last season.

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