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Alabama HC Kalen DeBoer's Statement on Washington RB Tybo Rogers

Kalen DeBoer running Bama practice
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Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer addressed the troubling situation surrounding one of his former players, Washington running back Tybo Rogers, who was recently arrested and charged with two counts of rape stemming from an incident during DeBoer’s tenure at the helm of the Huskies.

Rogers, a freshman last season, faces allegations after a Seattle Central Community College student accused him of assaulting her in October 2023. Court documents reveal that Rogers and the 19-year-old woman connected via the Tinder dating app before the incident occurred. Despite a Title IX complaint filed against him in November, Rogers participated in Washington’s College Football Playoff games. He now faces charges of second-degree and third-degree rape, with bail set at $150,000 for each case.

Tybo Rogers in the National Championship
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Kalen DeBoer Statement

“While I am not able to comment specifically on the situation involving an individual at my former institution because of federal privacy laws and the ongoing criminal matters, I do want to make it clear that I take any allegation of sexual misconduct very seriously. I always have and always will follow established institutional policies and procedures to ensure prompt reporting and proper handling of allegations by the appropriate authorities.”

Tybo Rogers Allegation

The allegations against Rogers shed light on the complexities surrounding Title IX procedures and the handling of misconduct within collegiate athletics. Despite the Title IX complaint against him, Rogers was permitted to compete in critical playoff matchups, raising questions about the efficacy of disciplinary measures within collegiate sports programs. The incident underscores the importance of universities prioritizing the safety and well-being of their students and athletes, as well as the need for thorough investigations and appropriate actions in response to allegations of misconduct.

It also highlights the broader societal conversation about consent, sexual assault prevention, and the responsibilities of institutions in addressing such issues. As the legal proceedings progress, attention remains focused on how this case will shape future actions and perceptions regarding justice and responsibility within collegiate sports and beyond.


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