Derrius Guice’s troubles may be just beginning. The 23-year-old was let go by Washington earlier this month following his arrest on domestic violence charges and now, according to Nancy Armour and Kenny Jacoby of USA Today, Guice is facing rape allegations dating back to his time at LSU. Per USA Today, the school never investigated the claims that were brought forward during Guice’s freshman year in Baton Rouge.
While Guice has yet to address the matter himself, his lawyer, Peter D. Greenspun, adamantly dismissed the accusations from two separate incidents in 2016. “At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student athlete at LSU,” said Greenspun. “To bring up such assertions only after the Virginia charges were initiated certainly calls into question the credibility, nature and timing of what is being alleged years later.”
Contrary to Greenspun’s assertion the allegations against Guice only came after his arrest, USA Today began investigating these specific claims on August 3—four days before the running back was booked by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on charges of strangulation (a felony), assault, battery and destruction of property—and interviewed one of the running back’s alleged victims as far back as January. According to USA Today, both women claim Guice assaulted them at their apartments following “nights of heavy drinking.”
“I was drunk and passed out on my bed,” said one of the alleged victims, who was also a member of LSU’s varsity tennis team. “I never gave him consent. I never wanted to have sex with him.” The tennis player reportedly spoke “at length” with an investigator for the Washington Football Team on August 6, the day before Guice’s arrest and subsequent release. She recently requested a copy of the complaint filed against Guice four years ago and had planned to share it with USA Today, but LSU’s Title IX office has yet to comply.
The second reported victim, who was not an LSU athlete, claims Guice showed up uninvited to a party she was hosting the night of the alleged assault. The woman said she was “scared” to pursue any formal action for fear of retribution from Guice, who was regarded as a “god” on campus. The alleged victim’s boyfriend at the time was Guice’s LSU teammate. When he broached the subject with Ed Orgeron, the head coach didn’t seem phased by the allegations made against Guice, claiming, “Everybody’s girlfriend sleeps with other people.” Following the alleged incident, the woman claims Guice tried to intimidate her on multiple occasions, purposely dumping a protein shake on her car windshield and even threatening violence.
The tennis player is among eight women suing the NCAA for damages stemming from alleged sexual assaults by male athletes. The woman was dismissed from the LSU tennis team for substance abuse in 2017 and later admitted to rehab. She says her drug and alcohol use escalated following the alleged assault. The rehab center reported her assault claim to LSU officials, but it seems the allegations largely fell on deaf ears. When confronted by the alleged victim’s father at the SEC Championship in Nashville, women’s tennis coach Julia Sell reportedly said, “I don’t believe her.”
It’s unclear if any of these claims will result in legal action against LSU or Guice, who is due to appear in Loudoun General District Court on August 28. The Washington Football Team declined further comment when contacted by USA Today earlier this week.