The woman who accused former Auburn Tigers running back Jovon Robinson of domestic violence has recanted her statement, James Crepea of AL.com reported Thursday.
Per Crepea, the woman told officials at Auburn University that she lied about the incident.
Robinson was dismissed from Auburn’s football program in August. “He did not meet my standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player,” head coach Gus Malzahn said at the time, per Crepea.
On Aug. 5, Crepea reported Robinson’s dismissal was due to multiple incidents, including one involving an Auburn teammate and another with a woman.
On Thursday, Crepea noted the woman originally said Robinson had smashed her head in a door, which caused injuries to her shoulder, face and knees.
However, she later told Crepea she considered Robinson to be a friend. She said she “was upset with him because he didn’t want me in his room” but now wanted to “clear the air” about the situation.
In an email the accuser sent Malzahn before Robinson was kicked off the football team, she explained she was watching TV with the former running back in his dorm room when the alleged incident took place, per Crepea:
After about (five) minutes, without being provoked in any way, he frantically gets up and shoves me out the door, not giving me a chance to gather my things before doing so (phone and keys). In the process to physically throw me out, Jovon managed to smash my head in the door and skin both of my knees on the hallway carpet. I now have two bloody knees, a bruised shoulder, and a knot above my eye.
The accuser went on to say she didn’t want to get law enforcement involved. Rather, she said she wanted Robinson to “be held responsible” after noting there had been multiple instances in the past involving Robinson getting physical with women.
In recanting her statement, the accuser told Crepea the past incidents she alluded to were “all made up.”
Robinson played just one season at Auburn (2015) after playing the 2013 season in junior college with Georgia Military College. He ran for 639 yards on 117 carries in eight games. He is eligible to play one more season of college football, or he could opt to go to the NFL.
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