Kendall Sanders, a football star with the University of Texas, has been arrested along with a teammate, Montrel Meander, charged with sexual assault, reports The Austin Statesman. The charge is a second degree felony.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Sanders Is Facing an Additional Improper Photography Charge
According to The Austin Statesman, Sanders is facing an addition improper photography charge. KVUE reports the charges are related to a sexual assault that occurred in the San Jacinto dorm on the UT campus June 21. Both Sanders and Meander have been released on a personal recognizance bond, with a court date set to be scheduled in a few weeks.
2. Warrants Show Sanders and Meander Assaulted the Same Victim
A Police warrant said a female student ran into Meander and returned to his room to have sex the night of June 20. When Meander went to use the bathroom, Sanders walked in and began to undress. The student said she told Sanders she didn’t want to have sex with him, but he forced himself on her. When she asked to leave, the warrant states Sanders told the victim, “you could leave after I’m done.”
You can read the full warrant here:
3. Both Players Have Been Suspended Indefinitely
Meander and Sanders have been suspended indefinitely from the Longhorns football team, according to KVUE. Texas coach Charlie Strong issued the following statement:
We’ve been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall (Sanders) and Montrel (Meander) since it was brought to our attention. It’s been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I’m extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that. With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions.
KVUE reports Strong had known about the investigation for a month.
4. This Isn’t Sanders’ First Arrest
According to ESPN, Sanders was arrested in 2013 for a drunken-driving arrest which got him suspended from the 2013 season opener. Meander did not play last season. During his time in Austin, Sanders played in 23 games, starting in seven games last year. He completed 39 career receptions for 376 yards and scored one touchdown.
5. He Went to High School in Texas
According to his Texas Sports official biography, Sanders went to Athens High School in Athens, Texas, where he was an all-state and all-American player. He played in the played in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl where he earned Defensive MVP honors. According to his biography, his sports hero is Michael Jordan.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this post misstated Sanders went to high school in Athens, Ga.
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