Updated: July 15, 2020 09:01 AM
Created: July 15, 2020 08:37 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico United suspended a player after learning he is the subject of sexual assault allegations.
United said in a statement that the allegations against Manny Padilla stem from his time at the University of San Francisco.
The university has now confirmed that Padilla was involved in a sexual misconduct case involving another USF student.
Padilla was found to be responsible and received disciplinary sanctions from the university.
United said they do not condone or tolerate sexual violence and have launched their own internal investigation.
An online petition includes numerous allegations of sexual assault by players on the USFCA's men's soccer team. Over 3,000 people have signed, calling for accountability and justice.
Full statement from Ellen Ryder, USF spokesperson:
"The University of San Francisco has received messages and has seen reports on social media with allegations of sexual misconduct by students who participated in the men’s intercollegiate soccer program. The university is taking these allegations seriously and our policy is clear: Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at USF. The stories that have been shared are deeply troubling and we thank individuals who have come forward. Reporting takes courage. The university is reviewing all information received to determine appropriate next steps, which will include an investigation by USF’s Title IX office.
The university can confirm that Manny Padilla was a student athlete at USF and that he was involved in a case of sexual misconduct involving another USF student. After an investigation by USF’s Title IX office, Mr. Padilla was found to be responsible and, as a result, he received disciplinary sanctions from the university."
A statement from the club. pic.twitter.com/pj6MsvfWJS— New Mexico United (@NewMexicoUTD) July 14, 2020
Copyright 2020 - KOB-TV LLC, A Hubbard Broadcasting Company