The United States Military Academy issued a statement Saturday calling a 2014 rape allegation made against Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw by a West Point cadet "unfounded."
The Daily Beast, citing a source who provided documents obtained during the investigation, said a cadet who was a roommate of a friend of Bradshaw's lodged the complaint. Bradshaw was suspended from team activities during the investigation.
In its statement, the academy said, "The Army takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously, and every allegation of sexual assault is thoroughly investigated.
"The Army and the U.S. Military Academy are aware that sexual assault allegations from a single incident were made against Cadet Bradshaw in 2014 and that 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."
According to the investigation report obtained by the Daily Beast, Bradshaw denied having any sexual contact with the woman and did not give a statement.
Bradshaw rushed for 94 yards and the decisive touchdown in Army's 14-13 victory over Navy and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Army coach Jeff Monken said after the game that he was not worried the news of earlier in the day would affect him.
"Nothing affects that guy," Monken said. "He's a poised leader. He does not flinch. When you find people that are very successful, you find a competitor that is a winner, who finds a way to get things done. … Take any great player you want to think of – Michael Jordan or Larry Bird or whoever – that's what this guy is. Throw anything at him, he's going to find a way."
The Daily Beast said an internal investigation concluded there had been a consensual sexual relationship between Bradshaw and the woman. The Army Criminal Investigation Division conducted a second investigation and found "insufficient evidence" to charge Bradshaw with sexual assault.