Former 'Canes Player Alex Figueroa, Booted From Team For Rape Allegations, Burns UM Jersey

Coral Gables is burning.
Coral Gables is burning.
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Back in July, Alexander Figueroa was one of two players who was promptly kicked off the Miami Hurricanes football team after an arrest on charges he drugged and raped a 17-year-old girl on campus along with his teammate JaWand Blue. Figueroa ended up escaping jail time and will have his felony charges dropped if he undergoes sex-offender treatment classes, serves 100 hours of community service, and stays out of trouble for nine months after the November sentencing agreement. 

In fact, the linebacker's college football career isn't even over, either. Today he'll enroll at Garden City Community College in Kansas and join the football team, and Figueroa decided to make a big statement about his change of team by burning his Miami Hurricanes jersey in an Instagram post. 

"I’m not a fucking Hurricane. Bitch, I’m a Broncbuster," says Figueroa, referring to the mascot of his new Midwest community college football team. 

Figueroa however quickly realized he made a mistake. He deleted the video a few hours later, and quickly did the same with both his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Of course, nothing ever really disappears from the internet, and copies of the video are still circulating. 

Figueroa had been expected to be a starting for the Hurricanes this past season before his dismissal and ban from campus. The University did not pussyfoot around in its response to the arrest, with President Donna Shalala even reaching out directly to the victim. 

"The safety and welfare of our students is fundamental to our mission as a university. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence," she said in a statement at the time. "There is no confusion about our responsibility as a university: We will fully and compassionately support the victim of sexual assault. I have spoken to her myself and reassured her of our full support."

Despite that, Figueroa will get a second start at Garden City under head coach Jeff Sims, a former FAU assistant and recruiting coordinator. When reached by the Palm Beach Post, Sims said he had not seen the video but planned to discuss it with his new player. 


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