NFL Rookie Gets Jail Time
Former University of Wyoming (UW) student and New Orleans Saints rookie Carl Granderson was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday in Albany County District Court. According to the Laramie Boomerang, he plead no contest to sexual battery and unlawful contact, both misdemeanors in order to avoid a felony trial that was scheduled to begin July 15.
“The university has great sympathy and support for the victims in this case, and I want to state unequivocally that UW does not tolerate bullying and harassment of students who report sexual misconduct,” Acting UW President Neil Theobald said in an official statement.
Laramie Police investigated the report of misconduct after the conclusion of the 2018 football season. It’s university policy to suspend student athletes facing such charges. However, Granderson’s athletic eligibility was over when the investigation began.
A UW statement from February noted Granderson graduated in December 2018.
The Boomerang reports that Granderson was taken to the Albany County Jail at the conclusion of Thursday’s hearing.
After his six month sentence Granderson is also required to complete a year of supervised probation.
“Everyone at the University of Wyoming recognizes the importance of sexual assault prevention and enforcement,” Theobald said in a statement. “We are dedicating significant additional resources, including four new staff positions in our NO MORE campaign, to prevent and respond to sexual assaults. One of those new positions will be housed in the Department of Athletics.”
UW launched the NO MORE campaign and a Sexual Misconduct Task Force in February 2017.
Additional steps taken by the athletics department include prevention training for sexual violence, hazing, and bullying, bystander intervention training, and monthly administrative meetings for coaches and sport-specific staff.