The Army issued a statement Saturday saying that Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw never raped Madeline Lewis, after allegations appeared online Friday.
After an article in The Daily Beast went live Friday alleging that Bradshaw raped West Point cadet Lewis in 2014, West Point responded Saturday that it had thoroughly investigated Bradshaw and determined the allegations were unfounded.
“The U.S. Army and the U.S. Military Academy takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously and every allegation of sexual assault is thoroughly investigated,” West Point said in a statement. “Cadet Ahmad Bradshaw was accused of sexual assault in 2014 and the allegations were thoroughly investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. The investigation concluded that the allegations against Cadet Bradshaw were unfounded and the case was closed.”
Lewis had met Bradshaw in 2014, as he was friends with her roommate, The Daily Beast reported. Lewis alleged that on one night when she came back from a shower, Bradshaw was there in her room and proceeded to rape her. Bradshaw stated he had never even had any sexual contact with Lewis.
However, an internal West Point investigation claimed they had in fact had a sexual relationship, though it was consensual.
Notably, Bradshaw had the nickname of “the whore of the corps,” that was given to her based on chatter on social media. Lewis admitted she had sex with several other cadets while at West Point.
Bradshaw was suspended from playing football during the criminal investigation, that later cleared him of any wrongdoing, according to West Point. A separate inquiry, however, determined Bradshaw had failed to cite material in a paper, resulting in serious disciplinary actions.
“USMA stands behind Cadet Bradshaw, as it stands behind our young men and women who choose to become part of it at great personal expense in order to emerge on the other end as leaders of character,” the West Point statement continued. “These are leaders who are not immune from mistakes or their consequences but who are uniquely equipped to learn and grow from them.”
Bradshaw played in the Army-Navy football game over the weekend and scored the deciding touchdown, resulting in a 14-13 victory for the Army.
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