On Thursday, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary was placed on the NFL’s commissioner exempt list at the request of his team. As a result of the designation by Commissioner Roger Goodell, he is not expected to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
The change in status comes after McNary was charged with rape, criminal confinement and battery resulting in bodily injury on Wednesday. After the charges were fined, he was taken into police custody Wednesday night.
“After reviewing the documents supporting the very serious criminal charges filed yesterday afternoon against Josh McNary, the Colts have requested Commissioner Goodell to immediately place Josh on the league’s Commissioner Exemption list,” said the Colts on Thursday in a statement. “That designation will permit the investigation provided by the league’s Personal Conduct Policy to run its course and will afford Josh the opportunity to focus on his defense against the charges. The Colts sincerely hope this extraordinarily serious matter will be resolved expeditiously and that justice will prevail.”
The charges stem from an alleged indecent during the early morning hours of Dec. 1 in Indianapolis. A woman (whose name was withheld) was out drinking following work, when she ended up at an “unknown apartment” with an “unknown male.” After mutual flirtation and kissing, the woman allegedly told the man she “needed to lie down.” At this point, she claimed to have started to resist his sexual advances. Following a physical altercation, she alleges she was then sexually assaulted.
After the alleged incident, the woman claims she went to get her clothes and leave. She took a cell phone prior to departing, a cell phone that was later traced to McNary. The 26-year-old McNary, who was reportedly cooperative with police, had a statement released on his behalf on Thursday by his attorney denying the charges.
Joshua McNary unhesitatingly denies all accusations made against him. Following the public release of these allegations, Joshua immediately reported to law enforcement officials in a respectful and peaceful manner.
The charges and affidavit publicly disseminated on Wednesday afternoon are not evidence of wrongdoing, but simply one side’s story.
McNary signed with the Colts in 2013 following two years of active duty in the military. He spent his college career at Army, and is still serving in the National Guard.