Statement from LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron:
Statement from Guice's lawyer:
Reached out to Derrius Guice’s attorney today for further comment on the USA Today article detailing the accounts of two women alleging Guice raped them during his time at LSU. This is his statement:@WAFB pic.twitter.com/DxwXVM2958— Austin Kemker (@Austin_Kemker) August 19, 2020
The Derrius Guice story is getting worse as more details come out. Guice was drafted by the Redskins in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft, and there were immediately question marks. The incident at the Combine with Eagles staff, his “fall” to the 2nd round, reports about maturity issues, etc. Fast forward two injury-marred years later, and the Washington Football Team released Guice after he was arrested for domestic violence for 3 separate incidents going back to Valentine’s Day. New Head Coach Ron Rivera had this to say about the release:
“On Friday, I made a decision that I believe was in the best interest of this organization, our players and our fans going forward. Very difficult decision. Anytime you have to release a very talented young football player, it’s always a tough decision. This type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very seriously. We had to make the decision going forward. Sometimes, it’s one of those things where there are processes, there are situations, there are circumstances that you go through. Each situation, each circumstance is unique. Each one will be handled and dealt with differently to what we believe is best for the organization going forward, and that’s probably the most important thing. I talked with the players yesterday and basically told them I made a decision I thought was in the best interest of our organization. If it was the right decision, we will benefit from it. If it’s not, it will be on me. I will take full responsibility as we go forward to try and make sure we do things the right way. From that, I want to move forward.”
New details have emerged about Washington’s decision to move on from Guice quickly after they found out about his arrest. USA Today is reporting that two women are accusing him of raping them when he was a freshman at LSU. This is terrible news if it is verified, and should lead to more charges. The report also indicates the school was made aware of the accusations at the time, but nothing was done.
A USA TODAY investigation found that the women’s allegations were shared at the time with multiple people at the school — including at least two coaches, an athletics administrator and a nurse — yet the school does not appear to have investigated.
According to the women and six friends and family members interviewed by USA TODAY, school officials at the time didn’t believe the women and provided questionable explanations as to why their alleged assaults wouldn’t be investigated. The women say no one from the university ever interviewed them or potential witnesses about the allegations.
This story also sheds some more light on what the Washington Football Team and Ron Rivera knew before they released Derrius Guice. An investigator working for Washington spoke with one of the two women accusing Guice of rape the day before his August 7th arrest for domestic violence.
USA TODAY began reporting this specific story Aug. 3, four days before Guice’s arrest, and first interviewed one of the women in January about the alleged rape. That same woman also detailed her allegations in June as a plaintiff in a lawsuit in which she is listed as a “Jane Doe.”
The woman, a former LSU tennis player, spoke at length with an investigator for Washington on Aug. 6 — one day before Guice’s arrest and subsequent release. The investigator interviewed the woman for three and a half hours, with breaks, over Zoom, asking detailed questions about the sexual-assault allegation, the woman said.
The Washington Football Team made the only call they could given the information they had on multiple assaults. Derrius Guice was a player full of potential, but also full of issues that were seen by several NFL teams during the draft process. Ron Rivera is all about changing the culture, and hopefully that will lead to less “high risk, high cost” gambles.