Memphis player charged with rape, is kicked off team

Memphis player charged with rape, is kicked off team

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Police say Memphis defensive end Ernest Suttles has been charged with rape after an incident near campus, and Suttles was dismissed from the team before the Tigers played Navy on Saturday.

The Memphis Police Department wrote on Twitter that Suttles was charged after officers were called to a location near campus at 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Online records show he was booked into jail Saturday afternoon.

School officials released a statement Saturday morning saying the 23-year-old Suttles had been suspended for violating team rules for an off-campus incident. After police announced Suttles had been charged, school officials said the redshirt senior had been dismissed and removed from campus.

Suttles had been listed as a co-starter against Navy. He transferred to Memphis before the 2013 season after Nebraska kicked him off the team for allegedly hitting a teammate in the head with a bottle.

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