A former LSU football player is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his on-campus apartment last weekend, according to the LSU Police Department.
Freshman running back Alfonso "Tae" Provens was arrested Wednesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of third-degree rape. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard III confirmed Provens’ arrest Wednesday afternoon.
"We take any and all allegations like these seriously, and currently, this is a law enforcement investigation," Ballard said. "Once the law enforcement component is completed, the Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability and the Title IX office will conduct their investigation as well."
The rape allegedly occurred early Sunday morning at Provens’ Riverbend Hall apartment after a night of drinking in Tigerland Saturday, his arrest report says.
The woman told police she and her friend went to Provens’ apartment for about an hour and a half around 2 a.m. Saturday. Once there, she said, Provens followed her into his bedroom, where she had gone to use the bathroom, which was attached to the bedroom. At that point, she "blacks out," the woman told police, explaining that her memory became hazy. The woman said she had been drinking earlier in the night.
She told police the next thing she remembered was her shirt coming off and trying to hold onto her underwear while it was pulled off, the report says. Then, she said, Provens started raping her. He stopped briefly when the woman told him, "no, no, no," but then he tried to resume. The woman was able to escape, get dressed, and leave.
Officers spoke with a witness who was not in the bedroom during the incident but who saw the woman coming from the bedroom upset, the report says. The witness confronted Provens, who admitted to having sex with the victim but stopped because she was upset.
"Our thoughts go out to the victim in this incident and every resource available through the university is being offered through the LSU CARE Team," Ballard said.
Provens entered the NCAA transfer portal on March 21, Ballard said. Since that time, he has not participated in team activities.
Players enter the NCAA’s transfer portal when they intend to transfer to another university. They notify the school’s compliance department, which enters the player’s name into a database within two business days. At that point, other universities are free to contact the player.
Players still have the option to remove their names if they don’t transfer to another university. Provens had not yet announced a move to another school.
Provens, a three-star athlete from Gurley, Alabama, played in two games as a true freshman in 2018, and his four total carries for 13 yards came against Rice.
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