Posted May 30, 2018 09:08:00 More stories from across the country are on the rise this week, including one that has the National Football League facing legal action.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the New York Giants’ star linebacker Gabbi Carter was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department on Friday on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old college student.
The alleged rape took place on a campus in New York’s Queens, but the Times report didn’t name the victim.
Carter allegedly forced the woman to perform sex acts on him, then told the victim that he would be able to take her home for a “free night” if she said she was “cute.”
Carter, who is married with two children, reportedly denied knowing about the alleged rape, but pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and was sentenced to four years in prison.
A judge sentenced Carter to two years of probation.
He was released from jail earlier this month.
The NFL has since issued a statement saying it is aware of the report and is working with law enforcement to investigate the incident.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and we are committed to working with our players and the NYPD to hold our players accountable when they violate the rules of conduct,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told reporters on Monday.
Carters arrest comes less than a month after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was arrested on a prostitution charge in Manhattan, and less than two weeks after former President Donald Trump was charged with federal sex crimes charges.
Trump was arrested for allegedly groping a woman in the lobby of a hotel on Nov. 10.
Carrer was released on bond and is expected to be back in court on May 11.
In the meantime, the NFL and its players have come under scrutiny over sexual misconduct allegations against them.
Last month, the New Orleans Saints suspended all players and coaches indefinitely for a year following allegations that they engaged in sexual misconduct with two women.
The players and coach were suspended without pay and placed on a six-month suspension after an independent investigation found no evidence that any of the allegations had occurred.
In January, former 49ers defensive lineman Chris Borland pleaded guilty in New Jersey to federal charges of sexually abusing a 14-year old girl and soliciting sex from her at a Las Vegas hotel.
The charges stem from a case that occurred in August 2016.
The 49ers have also been hit with a lawsuit alleging that they misled fans about the team’s handling of an incident involving NFL players and other athletes that occurred on Jan. 28, 2016.
At the time, it was reported that the players were given false information about an incident at the hotel where they had been staying and were forced to pay for a taxi ride home after they were unable to find a hotel room to stay in.