Miami’s Jawand Blue, Alex Figueroa dismissed from football team after arrest on sexual battery charges

Miami football players Jawand Blue and Alex Figueroa were dismissed from the team on Tuesday after they were arrested and charged with sexual battery on a 17-year-old girl.

CBS Miami has more:

The victim, according to police, reported the crime to University of Miami Police. Coral Gables Police Detectives investigated and the two men were arrested Tuesday.

According to the arrest affidavit, Figueroa and Blue, without the victim’s knowledge, administered something that made the victim mentally or physically incapacitated on July 5th.

Figueroa and Blue, police say, then sexually battered the victim who was physically helpless to resist.

Tuesday, Figueroa and Blue went to the Coral Gables Police Station and, post Miranda, admitted to “buying and administering several alcoholic beverages for the victim” and also said that they brought the victim back to Figueroa’s room on campus.

The defendants, according to the arrest affidavit, admitted to performing sexual acts on the victim without her consent.

In a statement announcing the players’ dismissal, Miami Athletic Director Blake James said “any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus.”

Both Blue and Figueroa would have been sophomore linebackers this fall. Figueroa was an All-Met linebacker at Brooke Point High in Stafford, Va. In a 2012 Post profile, Figueroa talked about how he turned over a new leaf academically after an intervention by his parents, who are both Marines, and Brooke Point Coach Jeff Berry. In 2013, Figueroa played in nine games for Miami and started two, recording 17 tackles and one sack, and was called “one of the brightest young talents on the Hurricanes’ defense” by the Palm Beach Post. He missed the team’s last four games with a torn AC joint.

Blue played in two games as a Hurricanes freshman in 2013, recording one tackle.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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