BYU says player accused of lying in rape case to transfer
Jan. 27, 2005
SportsLine.com wire reports
PROVO, Utah -- Wide receiver Antwaun Harris, accused of lying to police investigating rape allegations against other Brigham Young football players, will transfer from BYU, the school announced.
The Garland, Texas, native had 17 receptions for 149 yards last season.
He and defensive back Billy Skinner, 19, were suspended last month after lesser charges were lodged against them related to the rape investigation. Four other players were accused of rape and were suspended by BYU for one year.
The charge against Harris of providing false information to police is a second-degree felony.
"In response to the new direction this program is taking, with an increase in both accountability and discipline," Antwuan has decided to pursue his football career at another university," coach Bronco Mendenhall said Wednesday. "He has my full support."
BYU said Harris is expected to transfer to a Division I-A program, while Skinner plans to play at Sam Houston State University, a I-AA school in Huntsville, Texas.
Skinner, 19, is charged with third-degree felony dealing in harmful material to a minor but will plead no contest on Feb. 18 to a misdemeanor charge, attorneys said Tuesday. The action clears the way for him possibly to be called to testify in the trial of his ex-teammates, but Deputy Utah County Attorney Donna Kelly declined to say whether she planned to do so.
Prosecutors contend that in August, four players gave vodka to a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus Provo apartment. They showed the girl a pornographic movie, then raped her after she passed out, the prosecutors allege.
Karland Bennett, 19, Ibrahim Rashada, 18, B.J. Mathis, 18, and William Turner Jr., who is 18 now but was 17 at the time, were indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault, dealing harmful material to a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor and obstructing justice. Turner provided information to prosecutors in exchange for an agreement that he would be tried as a minor.
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