Australian Denver Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis was recently arrested for an alleged rape of a woman in 2013, when he was a student-athlete in Georgia.
Melbourne-born Gotsis, 25, turned himself into Atlanta police last Wednesday and faces a charge of strong-arm rape, according to a police incident report. He was released after posting $US50,000 bond.
The incident allegedly occurred on March 9, 2013 at a party when Gotsis was a football player at Georgia Tech. A then 25-year-old woman met Gotsis through a mutual friend and said she was raped at his home.
The woman, now 30, filed a police report on February 1 of this year.
"We were recently informed of an investigation into an alleged incident involving Adam Gotsis that occurred in 2013 when he was in college," the Broncos said in a statement. "Our organization was aware of his arrest on March 7, and it is our understanding that no determination has been made at this time as to whether any charges will be filed.
"The Broncos take an accusation of this nature very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the legal proceedings. This issue was promptly reported to the NFL as soon as we learned of it, and we will remain in communication with the league office regarding this matter."
Gotsis was selected by Denver in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. He had 41 tackles last season while starting 13 of the club's 16 games.
He grew up in Abbotsford and played Aussie Rules growing up, before switching to American Football. He moved to America in 2012, after being recruited by Georgia Tech. Taken at pick 63 overall in 2016, he is the highest Australian pick in an NFL draft.
Georgia Tech also issued a statement.
"Georgia Tech learned of the arrest today and therefore has no additional information at this time.
"The report was filed with the Atlanta Police Department on February 1, 2018 and all questions should be directed to APD."
Reuters, with AAP
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