Jeryl Brazil, who was a multi-sport athlete at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, was taken into custody the afternoon of Saturday, April 14.
The victim told police after a Friday night out, she and a group of friends, including Brazil, returned to her residence where the known male suspect entered her room and forced himself on her.
According to the police report, “She stated that she attempted to flee the room; however, he held her down and had sexual intercourse with her.”
Louisiana statute states third-degree rape “involves non-consensual sexual activity and is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not more than 25 years.”
Brazil, however, was released on bail the day of the arrest, according to an anonymous source.
Just this month, Brazil made headlines at The Daily Advertiser for his performance during UL Lafayette’s annual Pro Day. According to the article, the fastest recorded 40-yard-dash at this year’s NFL Draft Combine was 4.32, and Brazil clocked in at 4.35.
A Loranger native, Brazil originally played football at LSU for one season but was dismissed from then-head coach Les Miles’ program after a trio of arrests in the fall of 2013.
Brazil then joined Head Coach Mark Hudspeth’s program at UL Lafayette where he was also later expelled for disciplinary reasons. However, he continued his career in athletics with the UL Lafayette track team.
“Everyone knew he had a rocky past,” said an anonymous student-athlete at UL Lafayette. “But, everyone also thought he had found himself in a much better place.”
A close friend of Brazil hoping for the best said, “It is hard to prove rape cases, especially when there is alcohol involved.”
According to a public statement, the UL Lafayette athletic department officials were made “aware of the alleged incident,” and chose not to comment.