Baylor OL Rami Hammad Arrested on Stalking Charge

If Hammad is indicted, he would be the fourth Baylor football player to be charged with crimes against women since 2012.

Baylor offensive lineman Rami Hammad was arrested Monday on a felony stalking charge following reports of abuse and harassment from a former girlfriend, according to the Waco Tribune

According to the police affidavit, Hammad was waiting for his ex-girlfriend before her class on July 7. When she told him to leave, according to the report, he refused and waited outside the classroom. The affidavit states that the woman was afraid to leave by herself, so she and her professor left together, and Hammad followed them to the professor’s office. According to the affidavit, the professor then called police saying they feared for their safety. Police told Hammad not to have any further contact with the woman on July 7 and again on July 11.

The former girlfriend told police that Hammad had physically assaulted her twice: once in March and again in June. She also reported that Hammad tried to reach her through mutual friends on July 12, July 13 and July 26 after police ordered him not to contact her. The Waco Tribune also reports the former girlfriend told police that Hammad would not leave her alone and that she had taken “extensive measures” to keep him from knowing her whereabouts. She told police she was no longer comfortable living in Waco and moved back to her hometown. 

Hammad was booked into McLennan County Jail Monday on a third-degree felony stalking charge. Baylor athletics spokesman Nick Joos said the Hammad would be suspended from all team activities beginning Monday and will remain suspended until the case is resolved. Hammad was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on a $5,000 surety bond.

The arrest comes amid a wide-ranging sexual assault scandal that took down the school's president, athletic director and head football coach.

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