After plenty of mystery surrounding the sudden suspension of Tulsa Golden Hurricane senior guard Pat Swilling Jr., Paula Lavigne of ESPN.com is reporting that Swilling has been accused of raping a fellow University of Tulsa student.
Swilling was initially suspended on Feb. 12, but very little was known about the circumstances surrounding the decision. Per Bill Haisten of Tulsa World, the school was unwilling to release any additional information.
"It is university policy not to discuss ongoing disciplinary proceedings," said a university spokesperson.
The university also said that Swilling's suspension was "pending a university disciplinary investigation and hearing."
According to Lavigne, Swilling's accuser alleges that the incident in question occurred at Swilling's apartment on Jan. 27.
In the protection order filed by the accuser, she stated that Swilling forced himself upon her.
"I told him 'no' multiple times and told him to stop. He told me to shut up multiple times ... he told me no one would ever know I was there and no one would find out about what he did."
Will Tulsa qualify for the NCAA Tournament if Swilling misses an extended period of time?
Swilling is a key player for the Golden Hurricane as he averages 8.6 points per game. He scored 10.7 points per contest last season, which was his first at Tulsa after transferring from St. Joseph's.
Also, Swilling is the son of former New Orleans Saints linebacker Pat Swilling. He played 12 NFL seasons with the Saints, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders, making the Pro Bowl on five occasions. Swilling was the 1991 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and he finished his playing career with 107.5 sacks.
Swilling hasn't played since Tulsa lost to UAB on Jan. 25. He sat out the ensuing three games due to an "unspecified injury," according to Raphielle Johnson of College Basketball Talk, and his past three missed games have come courtesy of the suspension.
It remains to be seen what will come of this situation, but there is no question that it puts both Swilling and Tulsa in a bad light regardless.
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