A grand jury indicted former Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson on Tuesday on a charge of raping a woman last October, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
Here’s a statement from Steve Sadow, Anderson’s attorney:
“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. 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.”
Anderson was arrested in November and at the time, Sadow said his client was innocent and intended “to vigorously defend himself in court.”
The woman reportedly told police she went to a house, had drinks, and then woke up to Anderson raping her.
Georgia indefinitely suspended the linebacker on Nov. 2. He last played on Oct. 30 during Georgia’s 34-7 win against Florida. He missed the Bulldogs’ final seven games. At the time of his suspension, he led the team with five sacks and was second with 5.5 tackles for loss to go with 32 tackles and 14 quarterback hurries.
Prior to his arrest, Anderson was considered one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft class. ESPN’s Mel Kiper had him as the No. 4 outside linebacker.