Baylor suspends another football player accused of violence toward a woman – Chicago Tribune

Baylor has indefinitely suspended rising senior Travon Blanchard, one of the nation’s top defensive backs last season, after his girlfriend filed a protective order against him, alleging that he committed multiple acts of violence against her. It’s the latest accusation against a Bears program that has been roiled by claims that it turned a blind eye toward violence committed by its players toward women under former coach Art Briles, who was fired last year.

The school handed down Blanchard’s suspension on Feb. 7, when it was notified that the woman had filed the protective order. A judge in McLennan County, Texas, signed off on it Tuesday, and Blanchard is to have no contact with the woman and is to stay away from her apartment.

“The Baylor Athletics Department is aware of a complaint made against Travon Blanchard through the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office,” Baylor officials said in a statement Tuesday. “Immediately upon notification on February 7, the appropriate campus student-conduct process was initiated and Blanchard was suspended indefinitely from all team related activities, pending the outcome of the investigation.”

KWTX in Waco obtained a copy of an affidavit filed in support of the protective order, and it paints Blanchard as a controlling, abusive boyfriend:

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