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Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson (24) carries in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma's star running back Rodney Anderson has been accused of rape


A woman has filed a protective order against college football star Rodney Anderson, according to The Norman Transcript.

The Transcript on Tuesday reported that the court petition filed in Cleveland County, Oklahoma the day before includes rape allegations against Anderson.

Anderson plays as a running back for the University of Oklahoma (OU), and his attorney on Tuesday denied the allegations against the athlete.

“Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by [the woman’s] claims,” Derek Chance said in a statement.

“The allegations are patently false,” he continued. “Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman.”

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The alleged victim wrote in her petition that the incident happened on Nov. 16, two days before OU’s game against the University of Kansas (KU).

The woman claimed that she met Anderson at a bar, adding that she initially planned on taking a ride-sharing service home from a second bar the pair visited.

The petition said that the woman alleged that Anderson’s friends “were insistent that he take me home,” however.

The woman then noted that this past weekend she confided with a friend that she recalls “images and feelings of [Anderson]” assaulting her with his fingers at her residence.

“[He was] biting me, and [I was] not feeling like I could say anything, and trying to get away from him to put clothes on, but he followed me, asking what I thought I was doing,” her petition states.

“I remember feeling like I couldn’t get away,” the statement continues. He knows where I live and I’m scared for my safety.”

Anderson has emerged as a major factor in OU’s offense this season, scoring 14 touchdowns over the past seven games.

The football player gained 1,134 yards from scrimmage – in combined rushing and receiving – during the same stretch.

An OU spokesman on Monday said that the university is aware of the protective order against Anderson and is gathering more information.

“We are confident that when authorities have all the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrong doing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete," Chance said.

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