There has been a lot of consternation and focus on the dark side of college athletics this offseason. Especially when it comes to culture surrounding sexual assault on college campuses.
These are serious issues that have come to light and entered the public discussion in a serious way. They are hard conversation we have to have.
But there is good. As men come to recognize the culture on their campuses and learn how to step up and protect those who are being victimized. It is this kind of story that gives hope that the nasty headlines are coming to a close and things are getting better.
The Gainesville Police Department commended Florida walk-on linebacker Cristian Garcia and another man for helping stop a sexual assault at a bar in Gainesville.
“I was taking out the garbage, and I saw the man pressing the woman up against the Dumpster,” Garcia told the Gainesville Sun. “At first the guy said she was his girlfriend, but about five seconds later I realized the girl was unconscious. I turned around and pulled the guy by the shoulder and said ‘get off.’ That pretty much ended the situation then. He was intoxicated and attempted to throw some punches, but he slipped and busted his face on the wall.”
Police said Garcia and another person witnessed a man sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman against a dumpster behind the bar early Thursday morning. They stepped in and intervened. Police arrested the man later and Garcia identified the man in a photo lineup.