*Two former Louisiana State University students have accused former Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice of raping them in 2016.
Guice was recently released from the team following a USA TODAY investigation that found the school did not not properly handle the claims, which the women reportedly shared with multiple people at the school – including at least two coaches, an athletics administrator and a nurse, according to the report.
Guice allegedly attacked the women months apart in 2016 when he was a freshman at the university.
In a statement, his attorney Peter Greenspun denied all of the allegations.
“At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student athlete at LSU,” Greenspun said. “To bring up such assertions only after the Virginia charges were initiated certainly calls into question the credibility, nature and timing of what is being alleged years later.
“Such speculation and innuendo should not be the basis for Derrius to be required to make any comment at all,” Greenspun added. “But he wants to be absolutely clear. The allegations in this story are just that and have no basis in fact.”
Guice was arrested on Aug. 7, on multiple domestic violence charges, in a separate matter. His arrest also occurred after his first alleged rape victim filed a lawsuit in which she details the assault.
“I was drunk and passed out on my bed,” the first woman said. “I never gave him consent. I never wanted to have sex with him. I don’t even remember except the flashbacks I had. I just wonder sometimes, does he even know that that was wrong?”
According to KTBS.com, neither woman reported the incidents to law enforcement
In a video conference with reporters on Aug. 10, Washington head coach Ron Rivera declined to comment on whether the alleged rapes and domestic violence charges influenced the decision to cut Guice from the team.
“Any time you have to release a very talented young football player, it’s always a tough decision,” Rivera said. “But this type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very, very seriously, and we had to make a decision going forward.”