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All charges have been dropped against a former member of Temple University’s football team who was accused of rape. Attorneys for 20-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike said the charges were dismissed as jury selection was to begin Monday. The woman told police Martin-Oguike assaulted her in May 2012 in his dorm room. Martin-Oguike said the encounter was consensual.

From Philly.com:

“For the past 18 months, this young man has lived under a terrible cloud,” said his attorney, James Funt. “After being branded as a rapist for a crime he did not commit, he was ostracized, stripped of his athletic scholarship, kicked out of Temple University and vilified nationally and on the Internet. The stain on his reputation and the impact on his life will never be completely erased.”

Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said: “Upon further investigation it was determined there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed to trial.”

Martin-Oguike’s attorney James Funt said charges were dropped after a review of the woman’s text messages with her friends indicated she was not truthful about being raped.
Funt said the former Temple linebacker was victimized by the woman “simply because he would not agree to have a romantic long-term relationship with her.”

Praise says he holds no grudges against his accuser.

“I got to look at it in a positive way. It made me a better person. I learned a lot from the whole experience and moving forward,” he said.

The district attorney’s office has not said if it will pursue criminal charges against the woman for making false allegations.

Martin-Oguike was suspended from the team after he was charged. He now attends a New Jersey community college. Praise  hopes to be able to return to the university and eventually attend medical school.

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  • MimiLuvs

    Even though this young man is now a free man, he will still face accusations of being a rapist.

    • Leo the Yardie Chick

      True. That label can never be completely shaken off, which is half of the reason why I despise women and girls who use rape accusations just to get back at a man or boy.

      The other half being that their petty actions make it much harder for real victims to be believed and to receive justice.

  • lw

    I hate stories like this because on the one hand I know women who were actually raped, and it can take such a long-term toll on your soul. Cases like these make it difficult for real victims.
    On the other hand, my nephew was an elite athlete who ended up playing football for a nationally ranked college. The whole family watched as girls started to throw themselves at him even in EARLY HIGH SCHOOL. Many blatantly attempted to dig their claws in using manipulation, lies, and their bodies. You can not imagine the disgusting lengths some of these girls were going to “trap him” and set themselves up for life. His experience was an eye-opener for me to say the least.

  • MimiLuvs

    @lw

    “…The whole family watched as girls started to throw themselves at him even in EARLY HIGH SCHOOL…”

    I know a few professional athletes and I am related to one. I have seen firsthand at how manipulative and scary some women/girls can become as well.

  • MimiLuvs

    @Leo The Yardie Chick

    I have a relative who was accused of child molestation (by his former fiancee’s teenaged daughter), 10+ years ago. She told her teacher this lie, even though she knew that this accusation was a serious one. She knew that my relative would get in trouble with the law. But she chose to say it.
    To this day, I have relatives who will not bring their children around this man, even though they know the details of this case. They have this belief that “why would she make up this particular lie, if nothing happen?”

    • Okay

      Did the girl admit to lying?

  • Tee

    I go to temple. this is bullshit. victim blamey. slut shamey. athlete protecty bullshit.