Denver Broncos player officially charged with rape from college incident


Denver Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis was charged with rape last Wednesday stemming from an incident that happened five years ago while he was at Georgia Tech University.

The alleged rape happened at Gotsis’ house on March 9, 2013, between 11 and 11:30 p.m., according to an account in Deadspin.

A woman filed the incident report with Atlanta police on Feb. 1, 2018.

“The report doesn’t use Gotsis’ name, but an Atlanta police spokesperson confirmed that he is the suspect,” Deadspin reported. “Officer Stephanie Brown wrote in an email that the woman, now 30, told police she met Gotsis through a mutual friend and went to a party with him on March 9, 2013.

“After the party, Gotsis ‘took her to his home where he raped her,’ Brown said of the woman’s account.”

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The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman is accused of physically overpowering the woman, who was 25 at the time of the alleged incident.

The full incident report, obtained by Deadspin, cites the alleged offense as “Rape-Strongarm.”

Gotsis turned himself in last Wednesday and was released on $50,000 bail.

His attorney, Sara Becker, released a statement saying the allegations against him are false.

“Although the incident in question allegedly occurred more than five years ago, Adam first learned of these shocking accusations last month,” Becker said in a statement to The Denver Post.

“We immediately reached out to law enforcement and have proactively cooperated with all aspects of the investigation while maintaining communication with the team,” she added. “While we were disappointed to learn of the turn the investigation was taking, we steadfastly maintain that the allegations are false.

“We will continue to advocate strongly for Adam’s innocence.”

The Broncos also released a statement Monday, saying they were unaware Gotsis had been charged but they were taking the matter very seriously, reported The Post.

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“We were recently informed of an investigation into an alleged incident involving Adam Gotsis that occurred in 2013 when he was in college. Our organization was aware of his arrest on March 7, and it is our understanding that no determination has been made at this time as to whether any charges will be filed,” Broncos officials said.

“The Broncos take an accusation of this nature very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the legal proceedings. This issue was promptly reported to the NFL as soon as we learned of it, and we will remain in communication with the league office regarding this matter,” the team added.

The NFL is also reportedly investigating.

Gotsis, who was born and grew up in Australia, was picked by Denver in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Georgia Tech.

Last year, he started 13 games for the Broncos at defensive end, recording 28 solo tackles, 13 assist, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
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