Details emerge: Georgia sacks leader Adam Anderson under investigation on rape allegation

10/30/21 - Jacksonville - Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) is taken down by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Nakobe Dean (17) and Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Adam Anderson (19) during the second half of the annual NCAA Georgia vs Florida game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. Georgia won 34-7. Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

ATHENS — Georgia football sacks leader Adam Anderson is being investigated by Athens-Clarke County police on an allegation of rape, per an incident report and police spokesperson.

“There will be a thorough investigation,” Lt. Shaun Barnett told DawgNation on Thursday night. “It’s still ongoing.”

The incident involving a 21-yard-old woman allegedly occurred between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. last Friday -- the early morning hours on the day the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs left Athens for Jacksonville for their annual rivalry game with Florida.

Anderson has been suspended indefinitely, as first reported by ESPN.

Per the report:

“The victim stated that she went to a residence after having some drinks and awoke to the suspect penetrating her while she was lying (in) a bed. She stated that it was nonconsensual and that she was able to leave.”

Anderson, selected as one of the four captains for the Florida game, traveled with the team and recorded seven tackles and a sack in the 34-7 win.

Anderson is one of three Georgia players currently projected to be selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Coach Kirby Smart released the following statement on Thursday night:

“We are aware of the report and we don’t comment on law enforcement matters, but I’ve been clear about the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field,” Smart said. “I will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.”

Steve Sadow, Anderson’s attorney, issued the following statement per The Athletic:

“Adam denies in the strongest terms possible the unfounded and unsupported allegations of sexual misconduct. He has been notified of the allegations made to the police and to the UGA Equal Opportunity Office (EOO), and has come to learn that the complainant has already apparently made inconsistent claims - that she was “unconscious” during the conduct to the EOO but “awoke” from sleep by the conduct to the police.

“In the interest of justice and fairness, Adam hopes and prays the UGA community and the public keep an open mind and not prejudge him based on inconsistent, unsubstantiated and baseless accusations.”

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