Laramie, WY – New Orleans Saints’ rookie Carl Anderson was taken straight to jail on Thursday after a judge rejected the plea agreement prosecutors had negotiated with the National Football League (NFL) player’s attorney.
Two women accused the six-foot-five-inch, 250-pound defensive lineman of unwanted sexual advances when they spent a night sharing a bed with him on Nov. 26, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
The two victims watched a movie with Granderson that night and then slept in the same bed, with one of them laying on each side of him.
The first victim claimed she woke up and felt Granderson touching her buttocks and genitals, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
The second victim said she was sleeping when the football player touched her breast.
She said Granderson did that three times and each time, she moved his hand away, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
But the victim said Granderson didn’t give up, and instead pulled her closer to him.
She claimed she felt his genitals on her, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
The victim also said that Granderson had his hands in her pants.
Both victims testified that they communicated the next morning via text messages about what had transpired with the football player, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
And then they both went to the Laramie Police Department to file complaints against him.
Both women told police they hadn’t had a prior romantic, intimate, or sexual relationship with Granderson, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
Granderson’s attorney and the prosecutors had agreed to a plea deal which gave the football player one year of unsupervised probation and required him to undergo a mental evaluation within 60 days.
The football player pleaded no contest to a count of sexual battery and another count of unlawful contact, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
However, District Court Judge Tori Kricken rejected the terms of the plea deal and instead, ordered Granderson to be jailed for six months.
The judge also sentenced Granderson to one-year for the sexual battery charge but that was suspended with one year of supervised probation, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
Granderson was taken into custody to serve his time directly from the courtroom.
The Saints’ rookie was a star defensive end for the University of Wyoming from 2015 through 2018, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
He was not picked up during the 2018 draft but was later signed by the New Orleans Saints for $85,000 and was due to begin training camp on July 26.