Ed Orgeron releases statement on rape allegations against Derrius Guice at LSU
A day after two women accused Derrius Guice of rape during his time at LSU, Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron has issued a statement via his Twitter account.
“The sexual assault allegations made against Derrius Guice should be taken very seriously and the alleged victims must be heard and supported. I will always stand up for what is right and without questions, I have complied – and I will continue to comply – with all university Title IX protocols and procedures,” Orgeron says of the women’s allegations.
USA TODAY’s report detailed that one of the women was the girlfriend of an LSU football recruit. The report details that the recruit ended up signing and redshirting his freshman year to avoid Guice. He brought up his then-girlfriend and Guice with Orgeron about a year after the alleged assault:
“(Orgeron) said, ‘Everybody’s girlfriend sleeps with other people,’ ” the former player told USA TODAY.
“The anonymous quote attributed to me by a former player in USA Today is not accurate,” Orgeron says in his released statement. “Out of respect for the young man’s privacy, I will not reveal the full details of the conversation. What I will say is that a player came into my office to discuss transferring from our program. We also discussed the player’s relationship challenges with his girlfriend. I told him what I would tell my own sons: ‘We all experience heartbreak growing up. Do not throw away a promising academic and football career at LSU because of a personal obstacle.’ Any insinuation that I had knowledge of his girlfriend and Derrius Guice is completely false.”
The encounters took place in 2016 when Guice was a rising freshman. Orgeron was on staff at LSU in 2016 as the defensive line coach and later interim head coach.