By Nathaniel Lastrapes |Staff Writer|
Indianapolis Colts backup linebacker Josh McNary was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 14 for rape, criminal confinement, and battery resulting in bodily injury to a 29-year-old woman according to the Indianapolis Police Department.
McNary, 26, took the woman back to his apartment after her shift at a local bar at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.
The woman was, allegedly, physically assaulted and raped before she managed to escape the apartment with McNary’s cell phone.
She was able to identify McNary in a set of photos presented to her, stating McNary “looked familiar,” but was not able to positively identify him as her assaulter according to the Indianapolis Police Department.
Police later confirmed that the cell phone the woman had escaped with did, in fact, belong to McNary.
McNary’s attorney Ed Schrager released a statement, “The charges and affidavit publicly disseminated on Wednesday afternoon are not evidence of wrong doing but simply one side’s story. Joshua has full confidence in the American way, including its justice system, which he pledged to protect and defend as a West Point graduate and lieutenant in the United States Army.”
McNary actively served in the United State Army for two years before making the jump to the NFL to play for the Colts. McNary “unhesitatingly denies all allegations” presented against him by the accuser.
The Indianapolis Colts issued a statement regarding the allegations presented against McNary, “Unfortunately that’s the limit of our knowledge. At this time we are very concerned and trying to find out what the relevant facts are, but we have insufficient information to venture any opinion. As we learn more we will make appropriate updates.”
The woman claimed in a police report that during the physical altercation between herself and McNary, she scratched him on his shoulders, neck, and back, but he slapped her across the left side of her face before he forced himself onto her and sexually assaulted her.
Police also reported that the nurse who attended to the victim discovered dry blood behind her ear among other bodily injuries, supporting her claim to the physical altercation, and also found signs of sexual assault following an examination.
The NFL has not suspended McNary, as the matter is still under review according to NFL officials.
“If the request is granted, Josh will not be eligible to practice or attend games with the Club while designated as Commissioner Exempt. That designation will permit the investigation provided by the League’s Personal Conduct Policy to run its course and will afford Josh the opportunity to focus on his defense against the charges,” said NFL officials.
McNary is in his second season with the Colts with a bright future, but such an incident could hinder his career in light of the NFL revisiting their League’s Personal Conduct Policy in response to recent domestic violence allegations among other prominent NFL players.
The court date has yet to be determined, but the Indianapolis Colt’s season has come to an end following their AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 18.
McNary will have a busy off-season ahead of him, as he will likely be preoccupied defending himself with his lawyer in court, rather than defending with his teammates on the football field.