INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Colts Coach Chuck Pagano avoided any questions Thursday about the arrest of one of his players.
Linebacker Josh McNary, 26, was charged Wednesday with rape, criminal confinement and battery resulting in bodily injury. The alleged incident happened around Dec. 1. According to court documents, the woman who accused McNary of raping her said she met him at a bar downtown then they went to his apartment. She claimed she told McNary she was too drunk and “no”.
According to those same court documents, McNary said he knew why police showed up to his apartment; he had saved the bedding and some of her clothing.
Thursday morning, the Colts practiced ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Patriots. After practice, Coach Pagano answered reporters’ questions, but refused to speak about McNary's case.
“I know everybody (is) aware of the situation and circumstances. We placed Josh on the commissioner's exempt list, which would give him time to take care of things that he needs to take care of. I’m not going to go into any details, regarding the circumstances. Our focus right now is on one thing and one thing only and that’s trying to get a win against New England,” Coach Pagano said.
Some of the players did not want to elaborate on the charges against McNary either.
Reporter: “What’s your reaction to Josh’s arrest”?
Colts DT Ricky Jean Francois: “What’s my reaction? What did Chuck say?”
Reporter: “I’m asking you…”
Colts DT Ricky Jean Francois: “But, what did Chuck say? Alright. Whatever Chuck said, that’s what I’m going with.”
Meanwhile, Colts Linebacker Jerrell Freeman did not want to address it either.
“I mean that’s a tough situation. (It’s a) different situation. We’re really just trying to concentrate on the Patriots and what they do,” Freeman said.
McNary was signed by the Colts as a free agent in 2013. The Colts organization has not released any information, regarding when they were made aware about the alleged incident.
“I think it all hit us by a blind side yesterday on the internet. We all learned, when everybody else learned. It's one of those moments when your heart just drops and you just hope justice will be served, “Colts Punter Pat McAfee said.