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Following new Guice allegations, Wright thankful for Rivera

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During Jason Wright's first appearance on The Sports Junkies as president of the Washington Football Team, new allegations against former running back Derrius Guice were reported by USA TODAY. 

Two former LSU students accused Guice of raping them months apart during his freshman year in 2016. Washington released Guice on August 7 following his arrest on a separate matter involving domestic violence. 

After the story broke, the Junkies asked Wright to comment on the troubling allegations against the team's former second-round pick. Wright did not mention Guice or the situation specifically, but he did say how he was thankful for Ron Rivera. 

“I’m really thankful for what Coach Rivera’s establishing on the football side of the house," Wright said Wednesday. "He’s putting in place a new culture and there is a new direction that he’s set as the standard across the organization. I’m glad for the guys on the team who are up to that standard and living that day in, day out. That’s all.”

RELATED: GUICE ACCUSED OF RAPING TWO FORMER LSU STUDENTS

According to USA TODAY's story, Washington conducted a three-and-a-half-hour long interview with one of the alleged victims on August 6, one day before Guice was arrested on separate charges and subsequently released.  

"At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student-athlete at LSU," Guice's lawyer said in his statement. "To bring up such assertions only after the Virginia charges were initiated certainly calls into question the credibility, nature and timing of what is being alleged years later."

 

After Washington released Guice, Rivera explained his decision, citing that while it's always difficult to cut a talented player, he took the allegations "very, very seriously," and had to "make the decision going forward."

Washington announced Wright's hiring on Monday as the first Black team president in NFL history. 

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