AUSTIN (KXAN) - The lawyer hired to represent Longhorns linebacker Jordan Hicks says his client "vehemently asserts" that the activity with a woman in a San Antonio hotel room last week was consensual.
Perry Minton, a well-known Austin defense lawyer, said he was retained by Hicks after the player and Longhorns quarterback Case McCoy were suspended on the eve of the Alamo Bowl for breaking team rules. The suspension came just hours after a woman alleged that she was sexually assaulted in her hotel room.
No charges have been filed in the matter, and Coach Mack Brown did not mention the incident when he announced the suspension. Brown did not even say which players had been suspended.
But KXAN and other media outlets confirmed that Hicks and McCoy were the ones sent home.
Minton, in a statement to news outlets, said his client has nothing to hide.
"While it is important to respect the process under way by the San Antonio Police Department and to take into consideration the feelings of the young woman involved, it is equally important to protect the interests and reputation of Mr. Hicks," Minton said.
"Mr. Hicks vehemently asserts that all conduct that occurred during the vening of the incident was consensual by everyone involved."
The woman, who is not identilfied, said she invited two men to her room after having drinks with them at the hotel bar.
Police were called to the room just before 3 a.m. on Friday morning where they found the woman crying. She appeared to have bruises on her arm and leg and was taken to the hospital.
Minton pointed out that Hicks also underwent a physical examination "without hesitation" at the request of police.
"These are not the actions of a young man with something to hide or one with a guilty conscience," Minton said. "These are the actions of an honest citizen eager to cooperate with law enforcement on every level in order to clear his name and that of his friend."
The statement does not mention McCoy by name.
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