Robert Ayers blasts woman who accused Tennessee players of rape

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Last week in Knoxville, two former University of Tennessee football players were acquitted of rape in an incident that happened nearly four years ago. Longtime NFL defensive end Robert Ayers, a free agent who most recently played for the Buccaneers and who played at Tennessee before the two accused players, had some harsh words for the woman who made the accusation.

Responding to a tweet noting that former players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams were found not guilty, Ayers wrote, “Now she needs to be charged. Has to be some type of punishment for that nonsense or it’ll keep happening. Falsely accused that man of rape to ruin his life cause of hurt feelings. Lock her ass up. Plus it’s disrespectful to the real rape victims out there.”

A not guilty verdict is not the same thing as a finding that the accuser lied, but Ayers took it that way, referring to the woman as “a real criminal but nothin will ever happen to her.”

Johnson and Williams maintained that they had consensual sex with the woman. They were both suspended from the Tennessee football team after the incident and never played for Tennessee again.

38 responses to “Robert Ayers blasts woman who accused Tennessee players of rape

  1. A not guilty verdict is not the same thing as a finding that the accuser lied

    Since when does that matter? If she really did lie they should file a lawsuit. Something tells me that won’t happen. Just because they couldn’t prove it wasn’t consensual doesn’t mean she was lying. It only means they didn’t have proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict them. There’s a big difference. Maybe someone can explain it to him.

  2. case was a sham

    jury deliberated less than 2 hours. Ayers is right

    AJ Johnson was a projected mid round pick, all that is gone and he is left with a pile of legal bills

  3. I like how after they amended their article to correct their mistake of stating “Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers , they deleted the first two comments stating that he was no longer a Buccaneer . Come on MDS ! You are supposed to know these things .

  4. This is so crazy. By the way there is a scenario in which they’re both telling the truth. I would venture that most women can recall a time where they were “sexually assaulted.” But were they?

  5. You can file a defamation lawsuit but you can’t throw her in jail because of a not guilty verdict. That is ridiculous.

  6. Well he’s not wrong, and I agree with him wholeheartedly. Look at how the girl ruined Brian Banks left, made out with 2.6 million from the school then years later confessed to saying she lied about it and nothing at all happen to her or her mom. That’s why I always tell the younger guys in my unit, if you’re meeting up with somebody for sex get that documented beforehand. All it takes is a simple text to show that it was agreed on by both side.

  7. Tough subject, I just hope he kept his nose clean while he played there. Otherwise its just a matter of time before someone goes all in on him.

  8. whenwilliteverend says:
    July 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Since when does that matter? If she really did lie they should file a lawsuit.
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    The problem is proving the lie versus a legitimate difference of opinion of what was consensual. Unless its patently provable she lied, you’d have to prove state of mind which is really difficult.

  9. She deserves to be tried. Nobody should be allowed to get away with this. She didn’t want to admit to a single person that she had consensual sex with two black guys. This desire was so perverse that she actually pressed charges. I mean, that’s a shocking and willful disregard for the lives of those two men. She should have thought twice about following through on her urges, if it was so disgusting to herself then she shouldn’t have done it in the first place…

  10. Ayers is a dumb ass. The prosecutor felt there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. That means a legal professional who’s job it is to reject cases that don’t have enough evidence, thought this case did have enough.

    The jury disagreed–it happens — OJ got acquitted. That doesn’t make the woman’s claim untrue, it just means the prosecutor couldn’t convince the jury that the case was proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

    The woman would have had better luck in a civil trial, where you only have to prove the claim is more likely than not — as happened to murderer OJ.

  11. I agree with him too. When I was in college I saw a young lady drag a friend of mine into her room the next day after he told her didn’t want to be serious she tried to accused him of sexual assault. When I was in the Army, I guessing about a third of the soldier accused domestic violence, the case where complete crap. I know in this world of “me too” it popular to defend the poor “damsel in distress” but sometimes the damsel is just a crazy bitch.

  12. Somebody should do a Twitter search on all NBA and NFL player’s tweet history to look for rap lyrics with “cracker” or “cracka” in ’em, so we can scream how they’re racists!! That’s like 59% of rap songs ever made…shouldn’t be that difficult.

  13. Matty P was guilty and the Patriots hid it for years, only to leak it after his horiffic game plan against Superbowl MVP NICK FOLES.

  14. Not just rape… Lots of lawsuits would go away if the accuser/plaintiff
    was held accountable if they were found wrong.

  15. Some people’s lack of understanding of our jurisprudence system should be alarming but sadly, it’s not. Evidently some would prefer trial by combat. That way you get a clear winner. Not necessarily the right winner but hey, we know NFL fans hate ties.

  16. Though I have no empathy for Ayers, I do agree that women who contrive false assault charges in order to ruin a man’s life should have their own lives ruined.

    I think giving the woman 50 years in prison so that all her beauty is drained from her and she gets freedom looking like a saggy burlap sack.

  17. whenwilliteverend says:
    July 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    A not guilty verdict is not the same thing as a finding that the accuser lied
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    Since when does that matter? Just because they couldn’t prove it wasn’t consensual doesn’t mean she was lying.
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    congrats i think you are making the same point as the OP

  18. idiedpretty says:

    July 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Did they tag team her at the same time? How romantic.
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    For some reason, these athletes are into that.

  19. It’s simple, if they can prove she maliciously filed charges against these guys, then sure, prosecute her. If they cannot prove it, this verdict doesn’t create proof.

    But Ayers has a point, there have been a handful of claims lately that went nowhere. Leading people to believe one of two things:

    -Someone was paid off (we will likely never know.) From the outside, right or wrong, the public typically considers that the woman chased money when there’s no case tried.

    -The woman made the claim with insufficient evidence to convict. This could mean that the woman is telling the truth, or in rare cases the woman could be lying. Perception from the outside seems to be that the woman is lying in these scenarios, but that’s just the classic “jumping to conclusions without facts” that our country is becoming famous for.

    I feel bad that these guys had possible careers ruined by charges that they weren’t convicted for, however, I don’t think that we can consider them saints. This case spanned 4 years for a reason, no matter how long jury deliberations lasted.

    Things that could be learned from this: If you’re a public figure, don’t put yourself in situations where it could all go away.

  20. A not guilty verdict is not the same thing as a finding that the accuser lied

    Since when does that matter? If she really did lie they should file a lawsuit. Something tells me that won’t happen. Just because they couldn’t prove it wasn’t consensual doesn’t mean she was lying. It only means they didn’t have proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict them. There’s a big difference. Maybe someone can explain it to him.

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    I wonder what PFT’s reaction would be if somebody used that quote to describe the OJ verdict

  21. Things that could be learned from this: If you’re a public figure, don’t put yourself in situations where it could all go away…if we changed that to: Things that could be learned from this: If you’re a woman, don’t put yourself in situations where it could all go wrong…the outcry from women and wussy men would be deafening…common sense isn’t, said Mark Twain.

  22. They should both get tryouts from the Steelers. They have a precedent about the “falsely” accused.

  23. @So Crates: “I don’t think that we can consider them saints. This case spanned 4 years for a reason, no matter how long jury deliberations lasted.”

    The reason that it lasted 4 years is because the defendants subpoenaed the texts from the complainant’s cell phone (and also that of her friend, I think), and the prosecutors objected; so the trial court’s ruling on the quashal of the subpoenas was appealed, and the matter had to work its way through the appellate courts before the trial could be held. So the length of time involved had to do with resolution of preliminary evidentiary issues, and had nothing to do with questions — imputed or otherwise — of guilt.

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