An ex-Temple University football player, who was accused of rape, had all charges against him dropped as jury selection was about to begin.
Praise Martin-Oguike was accused of raping a Temple business student inside his dorm room. He was arrested four days later in late May 2012, and was booted out of the Temple shortly after, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Martin-Oguike’s attorney had filed a motion asking that the woman’s text messages between friends be entered as trial evidence to expose her motive for allegedly lying about being raped.
James Funt reportedly told the judge that the text messages would show that the woman lied about when she last had sex before the alleged rape and would expose that she was injured having sex with another man.
Funt argued that she had been rejected by several other men, including football players, and did not want to get a campus reputation as a football "groupie" after Martin-Oguike "would not agree to have a romantic long-term relationship with her."
“Upon further investigation it was determined there was not enough evidence to proceed to trial,” the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said in a statement, according to CBS Philly.
Martin-Oguike was suspended from the team after he was charged. He now attends a community college in New Jersey. His attorney is seeking to have the case expunged.
"For the past 18 months, this young man has lived under a terrible cloud," Funt stated. "After being branded as a rapist for a crime he did not commit, he was ostracized, stripped of his athletic scholarship, kicked out of Temple University and vilified nationally and on the Internet. The stain on his reputation and the impact on his life will never be completely erased."