Tubman charged with rape, suspended

Kentucky freshman defensive end/linebacker Lloyd Tubman has been suspended from the football program indefitely after being charged with first-degree rape, the school announced Tuesday.

UK head coach Mark Stoops said he learned about the incident on Thursday last week. School officials released additional information today after charges were filed by the UK Police Department at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Stoops said Tubman will not rejoin the Cats until the legal process has run its course. First-degree rape in Kentucky is a felony that carries a sentence of 10-20 years in prison for a conviction.

"It was very difficult to meet with Lloyd and his mother," Stoops said. "To see someone in your program hurt... I feel for all parties. It's obviously not a situation that anyone wants to be in."

Tubman, part of UK's 2014 signing class, was expected to redshirt this season. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound standout from Louisville Seneca had shown tremendous potential during fall camp, but has not played in a game for the Wildcats.

The Tubman case is the latest in a string of disciplinary issues that have hit the UK program in the first part of the Wildcats' 4-1 season, including one-game suspensions for Darrian Miller, Rashad Cunningham, Dorian Baker, Stanley Williams, Drew Barker and Tymere Debose for various violations of team rules. The latter four were suspended for last week's 45-38 win over South Carolina after a pellet gun incident on campus that led to a temporary lockdown situation near student housing.

In the video clip below, a subdued Stoops talked about the Tubman case following today's practice at the Nutter Center.

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