Two Miami football players dismissed following sexual battery charges

University of Miami linebackers Alex Figueroa and Jawand Blue were dismissed from the team on Tuesday in response to sexual battery charges.

According to a Coral Gables, Fla., Police report, Figueroa and Blue brought a 17-year old female back to a dorm room early on July 5 after the victim was given a "substance" that left her "mentally or physically incapacitated."

After Figueroa and Blue came into the police station on Tuesday, they admitted to performing sexual acts on the victim without her consent.

Both players' names were removed from Miami's official 2014 roster on the school's athletics website by Tuesday afternoon.

"Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team," Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. "The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement. Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremetly serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students — especially the student athletes — to the highest standards of a moral conduct.

"The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all."

Figueroa was additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver's license.

Figueroa appeared in nine games for the Hurricanes last season; Blue played in two games.


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