Former Auburn tight end Landon Rice accused of rape
AUBURN, Ala. – A former Auburn University tight end, Landon Rice has been accused of first-degree rape according to an incident report filed with the Auburn Police Department on July 27.
According to our news partners at AL.com, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer was the first to report that in order, which was filed on Monday, alleges Landon Rice raped a female victim in the South Donahue Residence Hall on April 12. The order states that Rice and the victim have or had a relationship.
The protective order states that the victim fears further abuse because of retaliation from a Title IX investigation.
Following the protective order a temporary protective order was issued on Thursday and will run until the first hearing Oct 4.
Rice missed the first to games of the season against Clemson Tigers and Arkansas State Red Wolves. Following the Arkansas State game, head coach Gus Malzahn said Rice left the team for “personal reasons.”
Rice a freshman listed as a tight end on the Auburn Tigers’ football roster and former four-star prospect, and was an all-region and all-area player at Calhoun High School in Georgia.
Rice has not been charged with a crime.
Auburn University Athletic Department released the following statement on Friday:
“Any questions regarding law enforcement matters should be directed to law enforcement authorities. In addition, by matter of policy and practice, we wouldn’t discuss any issue regarding the privacy of students.”