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Two Miami players charged with sexual battery

Two Miami football players were arrested and charged with sexual battery Tuesday morning after Coral Gables police said they admitted they got a 17-year-old intoxicated and raped her on campus over the holiday weekend.

Sophomore linebackers JaWand Blue, 20, and Alexander Figueroa, who turned 20 on Tuesday, have since been dismissed by the school, according to a statement made by athletic director Blake James: "Earlier (Tuesday), I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team. The university has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the university conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.''

According to Coral Gables police, the reported victim, also a UM student, reported the crime to campus police. They investigated and made the arrests.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours Saturday inside Figueroa's dorm room, according to the arrest report. Blue and Figueroa administered or had knowledge of someone else administering to the 17-year-old a narcotic, anesthetic or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated her without her prior knowledge or consent. Police said she was physically helpless to resist. On Tuesday morning, Blue, a native of Boca Raton, and Figueroa, who is from Stafford, Va., admitted they bought and provided several alcoholic beverages for the woman before bringing her back to Figueroa's dorm room. They admitted to performing sexual acts on her without her consent, the report said.

UM president Donna Shalala released a statement saying she had spoken to the woman and offered full support.

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