Former Baylor football star involved in sexual assault investigation

Helmets sit on the field before the Russell Athletic Bowl between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Baylor Bears at Orlando Citrus Bowl on December 29, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
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WACO – A former Baylor football player is being investigated for a sexual assault allegation.

Several media outlets reported Thursday that a prominent member of the 2015 football team was involved in the incident.

The player will not be named because he has not been arrested or charged. The player's name was included in a search warrant affidavit for police to search his apartment.

According to the pages of the affidavit posted on social media, the player allegedly met a woman at a club called Scruffy Murphy's then asked her to come home with him.

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The woman told police that once they returned to the player's house, he forced her into his bedroom, forcibly removed her clothes, forced her on the bed, and sexually assaulted her.

She went on to say she was allowed to leave, but lost her underwear and an earring somewhere in the player's bedroom.

The affidavit says the woman was treated for her unspecified injuries and given a sexual assault examination at Providence Medical Center.

Police also spoke to the player briefly, and he told them he and the woman had consensual sex.

WFAA sister station KCEN in Waco spoke with law enforcement agencies with McLennan County. However, none were able to comment on the investigation.

A spokesperson for Baylor University told KCEN they will fully cooperate fully with any investigation.

Baylor has been in the spotlight recently for the way sexual assaults cases have been handled.

A former Baylor student, Jasmine Hernandez, filed Title IX and negligence civil lawsuit against the university.

Hernandez said the defendants and the university failed to protect her after she reported being raped by one of Coach Art Briles’ former players, Tevin Elliot.

Columnist Mac Engel with our content partners at the Star-Telegram spoke to Baylor University President Ken Starr at a prayer breakfast in Fort Worth on Thursday, prior to news coming out about the latest investigation.

“I am in favor of transparency," Starr said. "Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake."

Starr was also asked why he has been reluctant to speak publicly about the allegations against his school.

“That’s a very, very fair question. When the accusations emerged in the wake of the Sam Ukwuachu case, which you have opined on — welcome to the First Amendment ... that’s good for all of us, whether we agree or not,” Starr said. “[…] We retained [the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton to investigate]. In our view, we cannot and should not [address it]. That is the guidance we have gotten from outside counsel. You simply cannot,” he said.

“Quite apart from FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). And you know the mutual litany, ‘We can’t talk about this and we can’t talk about that.’ That is the fundamental reason — we are waiting for the Pepper Hamilton report, which is to report to the board of regents —we are being very cautious about what about what [we] say.”

Starr said the report from Pepper Hamilton should be released "pretty darn soon."