Rodney Anderson

University of Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson runs with the football during the Sooners' game against TCU Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, during the Big 12 Championship game in Dallas. 

Kyle Phillips | The Norman Transcript

NORMAN, Okla. — A protective order filed against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson on Monday includes rape allegations, according to a Cleveland County court petition.

The alleged victim wrote in her petition that the incident occurred Nov. 16, 2017, — two days before OU’s game at Kansas — in her apartment, after she met Anderson at a bar.

The woman initially planned to take a ride service home from a second bar the two attended but wrote in her statement that Anderson’s friends “were insistent that he take me home.”

This past weekend, according to her statement, she confided with a friend recalling “images and feelings of [Anderson]” assaulting her with his fingers on the night she met the OU running back.

The woman wrote she felt sick and remembers Anderson “biting me, and not feeling like I could say anything, and trying to get away from him to put clothes on, but he followed me, asking what I thought I was doing. I remember feeling like I couldn’t get away. He knows where I live and I’m scared for my safety.”

No charges have been filed against Anderson, and records indicate he is not in jail. A hearing for the protective order is scheduled for Dec. 18,  2017. Norman police are investigating the incident, according to a police report.

Anderson’s attorney Derek Chance released a statement denying the claims.

“Mr. Anderson first learned of (the woman's) request for a civil protective order Monday evening. Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the woman's) claims,” it read. “The allegations are patently false. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman."

An OU spokesman said Monday the university was aware of the protective order and gathering more information. OU officials had no further comment or update on Anderson’s status Tuesday.

Anderson played a key role in OU's offense during the regular-season's final stretch. Over the past seven games, he has gained 1,134 yards from scrimmage — rushing and receiving — and scored 14 touchdowns.

He carried a career-high 24 times and rushed for 93 yards in OU's 41-17 win over TCU in the Big 12 championship.

Anderson, of Katy, Texas, sustained back-to-back season-ending injuries in 2015 and 2016, which led to his slow start this season. He broke out with a 147-yard rushing performance at Kansas State on Oct. 21, scoring the game-winning TD with 7 seconds left in regulation in OU's 42-35 victory.

He was recently named an All-Big 12 second team selection by the league's coaches.

“There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion,” the statement released by attorney read. “However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit — as is the case for Mr. Anderson.

“We are confident that when authorities have all the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrong doing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete.”

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Palmateer writes for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.

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