OU running back Rodney Anderson takes polygraph test amid rape allegation

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  • An Oklahoma Sooner is under investigation for rape allegations. 
  • Rodney Anderson is a running back at OU. 
  • FOX23 will update as we learn more. 

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson, who is accused of rape, took a polygraph test on December 6th.

Anderson's attorney had Bill D. Brown, a polygraph examiner, administer a three hour test. Brown tells FOX23: "In my opinion the man was telling the truth."

 

 

Documents show someone filed a protective order against a starting University of Oklahoma running back. 

A woman filed the order against Rodney Anderson on Monday. 

FOX23 got a copy of the order, which accuses Anderson of rape. He allegedly drove a woman home from a bar and attacked her while she was blacked out. No charges have been filed.

His attorney released a statement denying the allegations: 

"Mr. Anderson first learned of Ms. Thornton's request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening.  Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by Ms.Thornton's claims.  The allegations are patently false.  Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman. 

There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion.  However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit- as is the case for Mr. Anderson.  It is incumbent on our community  to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit. We are confident that when authorities have all of the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete.

The move comes weeks before the University of Oklahoma faces off against Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

The university released a brief statement Monday on the situation:

"We are aware [of the filing] and are gathering information."

FOX23 reached back out to them on Tuesday following the release of more details of the allegations and got this statement:

The university is aware of the situation and is following our protocols in coordinating with the Norman Police Department, which is currently handling the inquiry. The university takes seriously all allegations of misconduct and is continuing to collect information in this matter.

Anderson created a Twitter account Tuesday to defend himself: 

Anderson's brother, Ryder Anderson, also took to Twitter to defend his brother:

FOX23 is working to learn more and will keep updating this story as it develops. 


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