Cincinnati staffer to appeal firing for sexual abuse arrest
The lawyer for Antrione Archer, the team's former director of player welfare and development, told the newspaper that Archer is pushing for a 60-day leave of absence instead of termination due to the nature of his case.
Archer was arrested June 14 after police say he confessed June 10 to exposing his penis multiple times to a 73-year-old female worker in a local grocery store and rubbed his penis against her buttocks. Cincinnati officials learned of the arrest this week and fired him Tuesday.
James Noll, Archer's lawyer, said the sexual contact was consensual.
"The alleged incident, which was recorded by Kroger security cameras, shows Mr. Archer and a Kroger employee having consensual close conversations in the pharmacy aisles followed by consensual dancing of a rhythmic nature," Noll said.
As a result, Noll has submitted an offer for Archer to receive a deferred prosecution diversion on the condition Archer receive counseling and perform community service.
"He looks forward to having the issue resolved, and regrets any embarrassment the publicity has caused his family and the University of Cincinnati and the UC Cincinnati Bearcat Football program," Noll said.
As director of player welfare and development, Archer served as a go-between between coaches and players and helped players plan for life after football.
Archer is due to appear in court for his charge on Oct. 15.
- Ben Estes