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Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson attempts to avoid a tackle from TCU’s Travin Howard during the Sooners’ win in the Big 12 championship on Saturday. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

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An emergency protective order filed against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson accuses him of rape, according to a Cleveland County court petition obtained Tuesday morning by the Tulsa World.

No charges have been filed against Anderson, but Norman police are investigating a complaint of rape by instrumentation, according to a report filed Monday.

Anderson’s attorney says the woman’s allegations are “patently false,” and a Twitter account with Anderson’s name also posted in part, “I did not do this.”

The police report states that “after consensual kissing contact, (the woman) remembers waking without clothing. No injuries were reported as a result of this crime.”

In a written court statement included with the protective order, the woman says she met Anderson at a bar on Nov. 16, two days before OU’s football game at Kansas.

The woman claims she went to a second bar with Anderson and planned on taking an Uber home, but, “Rodney’s friends insisted that he take me home.”

In the statement, the woman wrote, “All I remembered from the night was kissing him and vomiting for about 20 minutes. This past weekend, I was talking to a friend about the night and started recalling images ...” The woman further described her recollections, saying Anderson penetrated her with his fingers. She stated she was “not feeling like I could say anything, and trying to get away from him to put clothes on.”

The statement alleges Anderson then followed the woman and asked her what she thought she was doing.

The emergency protective order was filed and issued Monday, with the woman writing “I remember feeling like I couldn’t get away. He knows where I live and I’m scared for my safety.”

OU issued a statement Tuesday saying the university is, “aware of the situation and is following our protocols in coordinating with the Norman Police Department, which is currently handling the inquiry. The university takes seriously all allegations of misconduct and is continuing to collect information in this matter.”

Derek Chance, Anderson’s Oklahoma City-based attorney, also released a statement to multiple news outlets Tuesday proclaiming Anderson’s innocence.

“Mr. Anderson first learned of (the) request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening,” the statement reads. “Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the woman’s) claims. The allegations are patently false. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman.

“There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion. However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit, as is the case for Mr. Anderson. It is incumbent on our community to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit.

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

Tuesday afternoon, a newly created Twitter account under Anderson’s name also posted in his defense.

“In my wildest dreams, I never thought I’d have to set up a Twitter account to defend myself,” the post reads. “In the most possible straightforward and honest manner, I did not do this.”

This message was retweeted by Anderson’s mother, Jobie, and also posted to Anderson’s Instagram, which has 155 total posts.

Athletes including OU defensive back Tre Brown and former OU players Daniel Brooks and Zack Sanchez have also tweeted support for Anderson.

Anderson is OU’s leading rusher with 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Sooners play Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

A hearing regarding the protective order is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in Cleveland County.

Cody Stavenhagen
Twitter: @CodyStavenhagen

This article originally ran on tulsaworld.com.


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