By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Louisville Cardinals tight end Kemari Averett is in some serious trouble. According to CollegeFootballTalk, Averett was arrested for threatening to kill his girlfriend.
He was arrested on Oct. 15 on several charges, including a felony. He allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head — who is also the mother of his child — and threatened to kill her.
He has been suspended from the program since Oct. 17.
The sophomore is also reportedly, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, being accused of rape in mid-August from an unidentified woman. The alleged victim reported it to the campus’ crisis center.
Averett was then asked by the University to have no contact with the alleged victim on Oct. 8. An investigation was started on Oct. 9 after the alleged victim went to the authorities.
“If the university notifies us of information that necessitates action, we act. We did not have information that would have suspended [Averett] from competition,” athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement earlier this week, addressing whether or not the football program was aware of the rape investigation when Averett played against the Boston College Eagles.
The Cardinals, 2-5, lost 38-20 to the Eagles on Oct. 13.
Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino released a statement — after being silent on the matter — on Thursday night.
“Kemari was already suspended from all team activity due to the incident on Oct. 15 when I was notified of the most recent charge against him. He remains on suspension from all football activities and facilities while an investigation is conducted. I take all charges of misconduct seriously and act swiftly when conduct does not meet our expectations.”
Averett said that the accuser in the alleged rape case is a woman he previously had a romantic relationship with.
The authorities were originally charging Averett with first-degree wanton endangerment and a misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic violence. the first-degree charge has now changed to a second-degree wanton endangerment charge, which is misdemeanor.
A trial date has been set in February 2019. Because of these incidents, he has been banned from stepping foot on school grounds.
“The county prosecutor said in Thursday’s hearing that Averett has been deemed a Persona Non Grata by the University of Louisville, explained on the university’s website as ‘a person who is not welcome at the University of Louisville,’” the newspaper wrote.
Averett’s attorney, Aubrey Williams, told ESPN that the rape allegations are “baseless garbage.” He has not been charged in the alleged rape at this time.
“I’m already looking like the bad guy,” Averett told the Courier-Journal. “I know my word, it don’t matter right now. … I’m just the big and bad guy.”
Averett, who is an Atlanta, Ga. native, had eight receptions for 65 yards in four starts this season. He was then-tied for the team lead with two touchdowns before he was suspended for his off-the-field problems.
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