Tigers football player appears in court on rape charge

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A former Memphis football player facing rape charges pleaded 'not guilty' to the charges Monday.

Ernest Suttles, who is charged with raping a fellow student, appeared in court for an arraignment hearing. He was arrested Saturday before the Tigers played Navy.

The judge ordered Suttles to wear a GPS bracelet and stay away from the victim. He is out of jail on bond.

"Before the ink was dry on the arrest warrant, he had been kicked off the team, suspended from school, now he's certainly facing some serious criminal charges," Suttles' attorney, Blake Ballin, said. "The surrounding facts and circumstance as to why she would make these accusations will come to light."

Ballin's law firm released the following statement:

"Ballin, Ballin & Fishman has been retained in the case of Ernest Suttles. Blake Ballin is defending Ernest Suttles. Mr. Suttles was accused of rape this weekend and removed from the University of Memphis football team immediately. Mr. Suttles denies any accusation of rape. While a serious matter, being falsely accused of rape is also extremely serious."

Suttles next court appearance is scheduled for December 5.

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