Suspended UT football player denies sex assault allegation

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by Associated Press and KVUE.com

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Posted on December 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 3:37 PM

AUSTIN -- The family of Jordan Hicks, a University of Texas football player suspended in the wake of a sexual assault investigation by San Antonio police, have hired a local law firm to represent their son.

According to the Austin law firm Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins, P.C., Perry Minton says in a written statement he will represent Hicks. Minton's statement says Hicks "vehemently asserts that all conduct that occurred during the evening of the incident  was consensual by everyone involved."

The injured linebacker is accused alongside fellow Longhorn and backup quarterback Case McCoy of sexually assaulting a woman in San Antonio where the football team was staying for this past weekend's Alamo Bowl. Texas sent McCoy, the brother of former Texas star and current Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, and Hicks home on the eve of the Alamo Bowl for violating team rules.

Authorities were called to the Holiday Inn on the Riverwalk between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Friday.

A 21-year-old woman told police she invited two UT players up to her hotel room after partying and drinking at a night club and then the Holiday Inn bar.

The woman told police she was sexually assaulted. Police said they observed bruises on the woman's right knee and left bicep.

In the written statement sent to KVUE Monday, Minton says Hicks gave a statement and underwent a physical examination "without hesitation" when asked to do so by police. According to the statement, "the allegation, if any, that a sexual assault occurred by anyone at anytime is completely false."

The statement goes on to say Hicks and his family are devastated over the incident.

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