A Former UofM Football Player Charged With Rape Makes His First Court Appearance

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A former University of Memphis football player accused of rape says he’s innocent.

Senior defensive end , Ernest Suttles, was suspended from the university and kicked off the UofM football team amid accusations of rape over the weekend.

Suttles was quiet inside the courtroom Monday morning.

He pled not guilty, but, the judge ordered that he stay away from the victim and ordered that he wear an ankle monitoring device.

Prior to the 9:00 a.m. arraignment, Suttles met with his attorney Blake Ballin.  They discussed the court proceedings and then met with the judge.

Suttles is charged with rape, following a complaint filed over the weekend.

Memphis Police went to Suttles house on Douglas Avenue where he was arrested Saturday morning.

In a swift move, UofM suspended Suttles the same day and then he was dismissed from the football team.

Today his attorney maintained innocence saying he and the woman at the center of the complaint were in a consensual relationship for the past two months.

Right now Ballin says his client who was in an MBA program is focused on clearing his name and getting back to class, adding football is secondary.

In addition to being ordered to stay away from the woman, he’s not allowed to have any firearms or use any alcohol or controlled substances.

His next court date is set for December 5th.

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