Experts weigh in on McNary, Colts moving forward

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 15, 2015) – As the Colts focus on Sunday’s big game, linebacker Josh McNary is focusing on the criminal investigation.

McNary is charged with rape, criminal confinement and battery resulting in bodily injury.  According to court papers, McNary met a woman at Tiki Bob’s on Dec. 1.  Later in the early morning hours, the two went back to McNary’s downtown apartment where the victim claims McNary raped her.

“Sexual assault is not a matter that needs to be swept under the rug,” says Lara Chandler with Colburn Place.

Colburn Place is a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.  The organization partners with the Colts every year for their biggest fundraiser, Blue Breakfast.

“When it hits home in Indianapolis it does definitely it brings it to light that these issues do occur,” explains Chandler.

McNary is on the NFL’s Commissioner’s Exemption List, which means he’s not allowed to play or practice pending the criminal investigation.

“Even if somehow he gets off on the criminal charges, the league will certainly impose some significant suspension on this player as a result of that,” explains Gary Roberts, a sports law professor at IU McKinney.

McNary’s attorney did issue a statement saying the allegations are “simply one side’s story” and his client has “confidence in the American way, including its justice system.”

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