2 Women Say Derrius Guice Raped Them at LSU in 2016; Guice's Attorney Responds

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2020

LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) runs for a first down past Mississippi defenders in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Two women who attended LSU said they were raped by former Tigers running back Derrius Guice months apart in 2016.

Kenny Jacoby and Nancy Armour of USA Today reported Wednesday there's no evidence the college investigated the allegations despite them being presented to at least four school officials, including two coaches, an athletics administrator and a nurse.

Peter D. Greenspun, Guice's attorney, denied the allegations in a statement to USA Today:

"At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student athlete at LSU. ... Such speculation and innuendo should not be the basis for Derrius to be required to make any comment at all. But he wants to be absolutely clear. The allegations in this story are just that and have no basis in fact."

Guice was released by the NFL's Washington Football Team on Aug. 7 after being arrested on domestic violence charges.

TMZ Sports reported he's facing charges of felony strangulation, destruction of property and three counts of assault and battery stemming from three alleged assaults earlier this year at his home in Ashburn, Virginia.

He was booked and released on $10,000 bond, per TMZ.

Both LSU students, including a former member of the Tigers' tennis team, said Guice raped them at their apartments after nights of drinking.

One woman said Guice later threatened to "get his gun" during a confrontation about the alleged sexual assault.

"I was drunk and passed out on my bed," the other woman, a former member of LSU's tennis team, told USA Today. "I never gave him consent. I never wanted to have sex with him. I don't even remember except the flashbacks I had. I just wonder sometimes, does he even know that that was wrong?"

One of the women also filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in June alongside seven others over "sexual assaults they say they suffered at the hands of male athletes," according to Jacoby and Armour.

The two women who say Guice raped them, along with family members and friends they confided in, told USA Today that LSU provided "questionable explanations" as to why it wouldn't investigate the allegations. The former tennis player said she filed a formal Title IX complaint that was never acted upon.

LSU released a statement to USA Today about the women's statements:

"LSU and LSU Athletics take all accusations of sexual assault with the utmost seriousness. Formal complaints are promptly and fully investigated and the rights and privacy of students are protected as stipulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Complainants are also strongly encouraged to report the offense to law enforcement and are provided information on health care, counseling and supportive measures available."

The school didn't answer specific questions about either case.

The woman who wasn't an LSU athlete was in a relationship with another member of the Tigers' football team, who said he avoided Guice because of concerns about how he'd respond—"I probably would have lost my (expletive) on him"—but said head coach Ed Orgeron brought up the subject about a year later.

"(Orgeron) said, 'Everybody’s girlfriend sleeps with other people,'" the former player told USA Today. Orgeron did not respond when asked for comments on the story.

Meanwhile, the former member of the tennis team said she decided to leave LSU after her coach Julia Sell told her father "I don't believe her" in regards to the allegation against Guice.

"I was floored," her father told USA Today. "It's not something I would say. It's not something most human beings would say after being given that type of news, even if they don't believe it."

The woman added: "LSU was such a toxic environment for me. I had to get out."

Guice spent three seasons at LSU from 2015 through 2017 before leaving for the NFL.