Last week, North Carolina reserve linebacker Allen Artis was indefinitely suspended from the team when a female student accused him of sexual assault. He has since been formally charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and he now has a trial date set for later this year.
It was reported by the Associated Press that attorneys reserved the first two weeks of December to hear Artis’s trial. It is certainly an odd situation, but according to the player’s lawyers, he seems to have decriminalized himself.
His attorneys have said that Artis was able to pass a polygraph test, saying the two had consensual sex and that he did not rape or drug her. He was immediately put on suspension due to school policy that calls for suspension when an athlete is charged with a crime.
Artis has played in 27 career games, mostly on special teams, and has recorded 20 total tackles. He hasn’t practiced since Sept. 11, but is still attending classes during his suspension.