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Two University of Miami linebackers were arrested Tuesday and dismissed from the football team after admitting to sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a dorm room on July 5.

Alex Figueroa and Jawand Blue have been charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim. Figueroa was also charged with possessing a stolen or forged driver’s license.

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.”

The Coral Gables police report said the victim first reported the assault to university police, which turned to the Coral Gables department to investigate.

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

The former football players were jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail each and have been banned from campus. 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 extremely 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.”

Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami, issued a statement regarding the action the school will take in the wake of the incident.

“We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence,” Shalala said. “There is no confusion about our responsibility as a university: we will fully and compassionately support the victim of sexual assault.”

Shalala confirmed she had spoken with the victim. The teenager, who is also a student at the university, has not been identified.


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