Suspended PC players face rape allegations

Fmr. Providence Friar Brandon Austin, seen here, and Rodney Bullock are being investigated in connection with a sex assault complaint.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two players suspended from the Providence College men’s basketball team last fall are now being investigated by Providence Police in connection to a sexual assault allegation made by a student.

According to the report, Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin are the two players implicated. Eyewitness News reported last November that Bullock and Austin had been suspended from the team for “not upholding their responsibilities as student athletes.”

Austin has since left Providence College and now attends the University of Oregon. Bullock’s attorney confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that his client has been accused of sexual assault.

According to a police report, the woman told police the alleged assault happened in November, and at that time the school launched its own investigation. About two weeks ago, the victim filed a formal complaint with Providence Police.

While neither Providence College nor the police officially identified any suspects involved in the investigation, Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin confirmed for Eyewitness News that the two people named in the complaint were members of the Providence College men’s basketball team.

The Friars’ head coach Ed Cooley said in a statement, “While I cannot talk about this situation further, it is a reminder that the privilege of representing Providence College comes with great responsibility for our student-athletes.

“Any decision I make will be driven by whether it is the right one for Providence College student,” he continued.

Lapatin said police have not filed any charges and that the investigation is in its early stages.

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