Rape allegations in protective order filed against Oklahoma running back Anderson


According to the Oklahoma City Oklahoman and several other local and national media outlets, a protective order was filed on Monday in Cleveland County District Court against Anderson, who is being accused of raping a 23-year old woman.

As Jake Trotter of ESPN.com notes, the woman said in the filing that she was drinking at a bar on November 16 when she met Anderson, whom she had never met before. The plan was for her to take an Uber home, but "Rodney's friends insisted that he take me home". But while talking with a friend last weekend, the woman said she "started recalling images and feelings" of him digitally penetrating her and biting her, then "trying to get away from him to put clothes on".

Charges have not yet been filed against Anderson but he was reportedly ordered to pay the court costs in the protective order filing, and a hearing has been scheduled for December 18th. He also has 16 receptions for 283 yards and five scores for No. 2 Oklahoma, which will face No. 3 Georgia in a College Football Playoff semifinal game at the Rose Bowl on January 1. "He knows where I live and I'm scared for my safety this happened in my apartment".

"There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion".

The Washington Post does not normally name the victims of sexual assault.

"While we can only speculate as to (the woman's) motives in seeking a civil protective order, her claims surfaced only after Mr. Anderson did not reciprocate a desire to pursue a relationship with (the woman)", the statement said.

Anderson, through a statement issued by his attorney, says the allegation is "patently false". "Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the woman's) claims".

Anderson is the leading running back for the Sooners this season with 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's also caught 16 passes for 283 yards and another five touchdowns coming out of the backfield.

An OU spokesman said Monday night the school was aware and gathering more information.