LSU football player Tae Provens was arrested today and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for third-degree rape charges, per The Advocate.
From the report:
LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard III confirmed Provens arrest Wednesday afternoon.
”We can confirm that Alfonso Provens has been arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on third degree rape charges,” Ballard said. “We take any and all allegations like these seriously, and currently, this is a law enforcement investigation. Once the law enforcement component is completed, the Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability and the Title IX office will conduct their investigation as well.”
The alleged rape occurred early Sunday morning at Provens’ Riverbend Hall apartment after a night of drinking in Tigerland Saturday, his arrest report says.
The woman told police that she and her friend went to Provens’ apartment for about an hour and a half around 2 a.m. Saturday. Once there, she said Provens followed her into his bedroom, where she had gone to use the bathroom, which was attached to the bedroom, the report says. At that point, she “blacks out,” the woman told police, explaining that her memory became hazy.
She told police the next thing she remembered was her shirt coming off and trying to hold onto her underwear while it was pulled off, the report says. Then she said, Provens started raping her. He stopped briefly when the woman told him, “no, no, no,” but then he tried to resume again, but the woman was able to escape, get dressed, and leave.
Provens, a member of the 2018 recruiting class, saw action against Rice this past season but redshirted. He entered the NCAA Transfer Portal on March 21 and is not listed on LSU’s most current football roster.
Players have the option to remove their name from the transfer portal, but it is doubtful that is an option for Provens, who had also not been participating in spring practices prior to the transfer request.