Sept 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes linebacker JaWand Blue (54) looks on from the sidelines during the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 44-37. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

JaWand Blue and Alex Figueroa Arrested, Dismissed From Team

In a horrific off-the-field story, Miami linebackers JaWand Blue and Alex Figueroa have been arrested for sexual assault and promptly dismissed from the UM football team. The details of the assault are disturbing:



Blake James and Donna Shalala both issued statements on the incident. Here is James (emphasis mine):

“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team. The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.

“Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students – especially student athletes – to the highest standards of moral conduct. The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all.”

And Shalala (again, emphasis mine):

“The safety and welfare of our students is fundamental to our mission as a university. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence.

There is no confusion about our responsibility as a university: We will fully and compassionately support the victim of sexual assault. I have spoken to her myself and reassured her of our full support.

We have suspended the men involved, and they have been barred from campus.

Our athletic director has taken firm action ending their involvement in the football program.

We have notified the individuals involved that the university is beginning an investigation immediately, which we expect to conclude quickly and fairly.

We will also continue to cooperate with the police in their ongoing criminal investigation.”

Good on the school for quickly removing Blue and Figueroa from the program. While there are absolutely no winners here, UM did react as it should have, making what should always be a simple decision quickly. For now, let’s please avoid talking about this from a football standpoint, keeping in mind the seriousness of what occurred to a real, 17-year-old girl far outweighs football. We’ll keep Canes Warning updated as more details from the incident come out.

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