An incident report was filed to the Auburn Police Department on July 27 accusing former Auburn tight end Landon Rice of first-degree rape stemming from an alleged incident on April 12.
Rice’s defense team issued a statement to the allegation on Tuesday, according to the Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek.
“Landon was projected to start as tight end for the Auburn Tigers, but two days before their opening game against Clemson, false accusations and fundamental unfairness combined to prevent that from happening,” said lawyers Mike Mastin, Augusta Dowd and Kelly Brennan in statement, according to Niziolek. “For the past several days, Landon and his family have been subjected to prejudicial and incorrect commentary in an environment that has not permitted them a full opportunity to be heard. Landon has not been charged with any criminal offense. When the true facts are revealed, those who made false accusations and vilified Landon will be held accountable.”
All three lawyers are jointly representing Rice in the proceedings after an unidentified 19-year-old woman is seeking a protective order of abuse against the former Auburn player with the Circuit Court of Lee Country, according to the report.
Rice has not been charged or arrested and the status of the case is “inactive,” according Niziolek, which does not mean the investigation is closed.
After the Tigers’ win over Arkansas State on Sept. 10, coach Guz Malzahn announced that Rice had left the team for “personal reasons.”
He was ranked as a 4-star recruit and the nation’s No. 8 tight end in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.