Australian NFL star Adam Gotsis has been arrested in the US regarding allegations of sexual assault.
The incident is alleged to have happened on March 9, 2013 in Atlanta, while the Melbourne-born Denver Bronco was a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team.
He has surrendered himself to police in Atlanta on a charge of rape, and he denies the charge.
“Although the incident in question allegedly occurred more than five years ago, Adam first learned of these shocking accusations last month,” a statement from Gotsis' lawyer read.
“We immediately reached out to law enforcement and have proactively co-operated with all aspects of the investigation while maintaining communication with the team. While we were disappointed to learn of the turn the investigation was taking, we steadfastly maintain that the allegations are false. We will continue to advocate strongly for Adam’s innocence.”
The 30-year-old woman, who was 25 at the time of the alleged incident, reported the incident on February 1 of this year.
Gotsis grew up playing AFL in Melbourne before making the move to American football with the Monash Warriors.
His current club, the Denver Broncos, have released the following statement:
“We were recently informed of an investigation into an alleged incident involving Adam Gotsis that occurred in 2013 when he was in college,” the Broncos said.
“Our organisation was aware of his arrest on March 7, and it is our understanding that no determination has been made at this time as to whether any charges will be filed.
“The Broncos take an accusation of this nature very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the legal proceedings.
“This issue was promptly reported to the NFL as soon as we learned of it and we will remain in communication with the league office regarding this matter.”
Gotsis has been released on a US$50,000 bond.