Former Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson was charged with raping a woman in October, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
Anderson was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday after the alleged incident on Oct. 29, and he’s due in court next on June 13. His attorney, Steve Sadow, said Anderson plans to plead not guilty.
"Adam respectfully reminds the public and his supporters that he was not permitted by law to participate in the grand jury proceeding, which is totally under the control of the prosecution," Sadow said in a statement, via ESPN. "This means his defense was not presented or argued to the grand jurors. Adam will plead not guilty to the charge and continue his fight in court to clear his name and reputation. Adam once again appeals to the good citizens of Athens-Clarke County to keep an open mind and not prejudge his case."
A 21-year-old woman told police that she went to a home in Athens between midnight and 7 a.m. on Oct. 29, and then woke up to Anderson raping her in a bed. She reported the incident to police that same day, and said it was non-consensual.
Anderson played the next day in Georgia’s game against Florida. He was suspended the next week, and didn’t play for the team again. Anderson was then arrested on Nov. 10 and booked at the Athens-Clarke County jail in Georgia.
A second woman has since accused Anderson of sexual assault, too, after an alleged incident in Oconee County, Georgia in 2020, according to ESPN. No charges have been filed in that case.
He led the Bulldogs in sacks and was second in tackles for loss at the time he was suspended. Anderson was once initially considered a first-round pick in this week’s NFL draft, but was the No. 21st linebacker in the 2022 draft class in Yahoo Sports’ latest rankings and the No. 222 overall prospect.