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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
DA declines case vs. Pat Swilling Jr.

By Paula Lavigne
ESPN

Prosecutors in Tulsa, Okla., announced Tuesday they will not file charges against former Tulsa Hurricane guard Pat Swilling Jr. after a two-month investigation of an alleged student rape.

In a protection order filed in February, the woman accused Swilling of raping her at his apartment on the night of Jan. 27. On Feb. 12, Swilling was suspended from the team, which went on to play in the NCAA tournament.

A judicial review by the University of Tulsa also ended in Swilling's favor. His attorney, Corbin Brewster, said the evidence in both investigations did not support the accuser's allegations.

"Patrick and his family are relieved and looking forward to moving on and closing this chapter," Brewster said.

The woman's attorney, John Clune, said the decision was "obviously a letdown."

"My client and her family were told two months ago by the Tulsa Police Department that they thought this was a strong case and that they expected charges to be filed, but you can't make the DA's office do their job," he said.

Clune, an attorney in Boulder, Colo., who has represented a number of high-profile clients in sexual assault cases, including Title IX lawsuits against universities, said he is waiting to get more details from the Tulsa police files before deciding what action to take next.

Swilling took to Twitter on Tuesday to weigh in.

Had to get It back, had to get her back...

- Patrick Swilling Jr. (@patrickswilling) April 29, 2014

The damage was done but I'm still thankful.

- Patrick Swilling Jr. (@patrickswilling) April 29, 2014

Brewster said that Swilling, who has a year left in school, is considering playing football next year, although he hasn't decided where.

Swilling's father, Patrick Swilling, was the NFL's defensive player of the year in 1991 while playing for the Saints. He went on to play for the Lions and Raiders before retiring and serving one term in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Swilling started his college career at Saint Joseph's in 2010 but left after he was dismissed for "a violation of the university's student code of conduct," allegedly for being in possession of a stolen laptop. He finished his freshman season at Louisiana Tech. He also played one year at the College of Southern Idaho before transferring to Tulsa.