Prosecutors have declined to pursue charges against a Tulane University football player arrested earlier this year on suspicion of rape.
Niguel “Teddy” Veal, 18, is in good standing at Tulane and was eligible to return to the football team on Monday, the university said in a statement.
Veal’s attorney, Donald “Chick” Foret, declined to comment on the matter, referring all questions to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.
A spokesman for the DA’s Office did not return a call seeking comment.
Veal was arrested April 22 on suspicion that he raped a drunken high school student in his dorm room.
Days after he was booked on a count of simple rape, Foret said whatever happened between the freshman wide receiver and the alleged victim was not rape.
An 18-year-old high school student told authorities that Veal raped her about 4 a.m. April 14 inside his Butler Hall dorm room.
According to police, the woman had been drinking and went to Veal’s dorm room to watch a movie. While there, she had consensual sex with his roommate. An arrest warrant said an unnamed “female athlete chaperone” also had gone to the dorm with the alleged victim.
Police said in court documents that the girl “passed out inebriated from alcohol consumption, only to awaken with (Veal) on top of her engaging in sexual intercourse against her will.”
The woman had been in Veal’s roommate’s bed, police said, and Veal allegedly raped her after his roommate left the room.
Veal joined the Green Wave after graduating early from West Jefferson High School, where he was a star wide receiver and honor student. He participated in spring practice, but his future with the football program became unclear after the arrest.
However, he never stopped attending school, so his reinstatement into the program was seamless, allowing him to participate in practice on Monday.
Scott Kushner contributed to this report. Follow Danny Monteverde on Twitter, @DCMonteverde.