An Indianapolis Colts linebacker has been charged with rape just days before this weekend's big playoff game against the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship. Court documents show 26-year old Josh McNary, a Colts player since 2013, has been charged with felony rape and criminal confinement charges, as well as one count of misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. The Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office filed charges in the case today, which has been assigned to Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila Carlisle's court.
According to Fox 59 News, the incident occurred around December 1, 2014. McNary allegedly picked up the victim at a downtown bar and took her to his apartment. The victim, a stranger to McNary who admits to being intoxicated, told police a fight broke about between her and McNary before she says he sexually assaulted her. The victim took McNary's cell phone before leaving his apartment, which police used to identify the woman's attacker. When police went to his apartment, he told them, "I know why you are here." Police say McNary turned clothing belonging to the woman over to police and told them he had not disturbed the scene.
The victim sustained minor injuries identified during an examination at the hospital, including dried blood behind her ear. She also told police she scratched McNary during the attack. The Colts released the following statement on McNary's arrest:
“We are aware that there has been a report about Josh McNary, but unfortunately that’s the limit of our knowledge. At this time we are very concerned and trying to find out what the relevant facts are, but we have insufficient information to venture any opinion. As we learn more we will make appropriate updates.”The Colts played the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 30, and the Colts won the game 49-27. It's hard to imagine the Colts management has been in the dark for the past six weeks about a criminal investigation against one of their players. McNary signed with the Colts in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.