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John E. Hoover: OU’s Rodney Anderson accused of rape; lawyer says he’s ‘unequivocally’ innocent

John E. Hoover: OU’s Rodney Anderson accused of rape; lawyer says he’s ‘unequivocally’ innocent

Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson, here against TCU on Nov. 11, has been accused of rape, according to a petition filed Monday in Cleveland County Court. Anderson’s attorney says his client is “shocked and disturbed” by the alleged victim’s “patently false” claims. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson has been accused of rape.

In an emergency protective order filed Monday in Cleveland County Court, a woman writes, “I remember feeling like I couldn’t get away. He knows where I live and I’m scared for my safety,” and says at first she didn’t remember any details until she spoke with a friend and “started recalling images.”

No charges have been filed, and Anderson’s attorney, Derek Chance of Oklahoma City, released a statement calling the alleged victim’s claims “patently false” and said he “unequivocally did not commit” the alleged act.

Norman Police have begun an investigation, and the University of Oklahoma also is gathering information. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

According to a Cleveland County Court petition, the alleged incident occurred on Nov. 16 after the two met at a bar.

The alleged victim claims she went to a second bar with Anderson and intended to get a ride home, but “Rodney’s friends insisted that he take me home.”

The woman wrote, “All I remembered from the night was kissing him and vomiting for about 20 minutes. This past weekend, I was talking to a friend about the night and started recalling images and feelings of him … and feeling sick … and me not feeling like I could say anything, and trying to get away from him to put clothes on, but he followed me, asking me what I thought I was doing. My (breasts) hurt for the next three days and I felt sick the entire day. I remember feeling like I couldn’t get away. He knows where I live and I’m scared for my safety.”

Chance, however, contradicted the alleged victim’s statement.

“Mr. Anderson first learned of (the) request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening,” Chance says in the statement. “Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the alleged victim’s) claims. The allegations are patently false. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman.

“There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion. However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit, as is the case for Mr. Anderson. It is incumbent on our community to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit.

“We are confident that when authorities have all of the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete.”

Anderson is the Sooners’ leading rusher this season with 960 yards and 11 touchdowns, and also has 16 pass receptions for 283 yards and five touchdowns.

The Sooners play Georgia in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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