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Jonathan Taylor Suffering After Woman Claims Assault and Then Recants

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Picture this: A vindictive woman is mad at a prized football player because she thinks he’s seeing another woman. She has bruises on her body as evidence, calls the police and says Jonathan Taylor did it. He gets arrested and loses his football scholarship at Alabama.

A few days later, the 24-year-old woman recants her claims, saying the wounds were self-inflicted and that Taylor did not abuse her, that the dent in the door was already there, not from Taylor kicking it in.

What’s wrong with this picture?

First, the image is all-too-familiar—an athlete involved with a woman who make claims for the twisted sake of retribution, at the same time potentially ruining someone’s life.

Because she’s jealous.

This is the predicament in which Taylor finds himself. A 6-foot-4, 335-pound lineman who has all the earmarks of an outstanding college player with NFL promise. The people around him fervently believe that, though he has not played a game in college.

Now there’s no telling where he will play after the shenanigans of Gina Marie Nawab.

“She made it up to get back at him for cheating on her in December and she thought he was cheating again,” a deposition released by the Tuscaloosa County District Court says.

And the player, who is Black, is the one who suffers?

Nawab, who is white, is charged with filing a false report, which will get her a fine or something far less significant than what her lies get Taylor. No matter her admission, there will be those who believe her first lies, and therefore brand Taylor an abuser.

Alabama believed Nawab. That’s why coach Nick Saban expeditiously kicked Taylor off the team. He did not want to wait for details at the risk of looking like he was weak on domestic violence.

But, in the end, it is Taylor who suffers. It did not help him, though, that another woman in Athens filed a complaint that Taylor abused her. It is that claim that gave Nawab the idea to make a similar claim. And it is that second claim that made Saban yank the offer.

Taylor maintains his innocence and is eager to clear his name, a name Nawab clearly knew was sullied and capitalized on it as payback.

Attorney Kim Stephens, who’s representing Taylor in a pending Georgia domestic violence case, said his client has maintained all along he did not assault Nawab or the Georgia woman.

“I know he’s upset and I know that he’s been adamant that he didn’t do anything as far as touching her improperly or hitting her or choking her,” Stephens said. “Nothing criminal in nature.

“He’s happy that she recanted but unfortunately it put the university in an untenable position where they had to take action and there was only one action they could take.”

Gina Marie Nawab lied about Jonathan Taylor assaulting her.

Gina Marie Nawab lied about Jonathan Taylor assaulting her

Taylor is scheduled for arraignment next Tuesday in Athens on charges of aggravated assault, battery and simple battery from an incident that led to his July dismissal from Georgia. Stephens said he will enter a not guilty plea. He said he worries that publicity in any case can influence jurors, “especially when there are allegations of domestic violence, because there’s a natural tendency to think just because allegations are made, they must be true.”

He has a point. Who knows, really, if Taylor assaulted the woman that caused him his Georgia scholarship? 

Assuming Taylor is innocent, as is the right he is afforded in America, the larger issue is women claiming abuse, recanting their stories when it’s too late, after the athlete has been severely punished. In Taylor’s case, he has no team, no school in which to enroll and play football. That surely will change at some point—he’s too talented for everyone to pass on him.

But there’s something inherently wrong when the woman makes a false claim, poisons a kid’s life and she gets to go on with hers as if nothing happened.

We’ve seen it too often. Jameis Winston’s claim at Florida State is that the women picked him up at a bar, went home with him and had mutual sex with him with other guys in the apartment. . . then she claimed assault the next day. An FSU investigation could not prove Winston’s version untrue. Luckily, he’s talented enough to have overcome it, it seems. But it has tarnished his reputation.

There have been worse cases, too. Brian Banks was headed to USC to play football when a classmate who sought him out said he raped her after a make-out session at school. Banks spent five years in prison and five years on probation wearing an ankle bracelet before the woman told the truth—that he did not rape her. Banks’ college career and NFL prospects were lost. Nothing of consequence happened to the lying woman.

And that’s a problem. Athletes have to be smarter in their choices of the women/girls they deal with. That’s likely easier said than done, but beyond that, law enforcement has to punish these fake victims. Enough of them go to jail, maybe it will serve as a deterrent to the next woman who wants to cry rape to get even.

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20 thoughts on “Jonathan Taylor Suffering After Woman Claims Assault and Then Recants

  1. there’s something inherently wrong when the woman makes a false claim, poisons a young man's life and she gets to go on with hers as if nothing happened

  2. That's what happens when brothers go that route. When in school and you looking to move up , relationships are not to be trusted. Especially with women. Get your education and graduate then find a decent woman.

  3. Don Elliott says:

    Dummies don't ever learn.

  4. John Allen says:

    And yet, given the opportunity he will do it again and again. Watch and Learn! LOL

  5. It's four post, and all but one is stupid. Banks was in high school, so kill that bull about "when they gonna learn". Married couples even kill.

  6. Do what? Have sex? Probably so but its the false allegations that is the problem.

  7. Sid Branch says:

    'inherently wrong'. it's called a set-up.

  8. Kris Visual says:

    I see a huge problem with no means of retribution on the falsely accused part. These men lost their livelihood as a direct result of those false claims. Isn't their a case for libel?

    Another concern is the underlying conversation that talent should be a factor in any accusation or as a means to "get past" any allegation. Again I understand that people lie and that shouldn't be condoned, but what does it say when we bring talent into the discussion? Does talent matter in a rape or domestic dispute allegation? Gives me that whole R. Kelly vibe all over again. I believe him because he is talented, GMAFB.

  9. Don Elliott says:

    If you are a teenage star athlete who most likely will go pro and you have a girlfriend.
    Stay with that woman. She was down for you when you had nothing.

    If you don't have a girlfriend and you go pro, forget about a girlfriend, especially a white woman.
    How many times does this have to happen before you learn.
    It's pointless to become a multimillionaire and call yourself getting married.
    Stay single and trust no one. You just may avoid this bull**** from these scandalous whores.

  10. PT Overton says:

    Jonathan Taylor is accused of beating up two women, one in Tuscaloosa and one in Georgia. University of Ga Coach Mark Richt kicked him off the GA team and University of Ala Coach Nick Saban kicked him off of his team. Taylor went to trial in Ga this week for assault charges and pleaded not guilty. Charges are pending in Tuscaloosa. This kid is no boy scout and GOT what he deserved. You beat women……YOU LOSE your scholarship. Stop trying to make this thug look like a kid who got a raw deal.

  11. PT Overton says:

    Dennis Spurling..He is on trial in GA, this week for ANOTHER assault.

  12. PT Overton says:

    He beat two women and he is NOW paying the price. It's not another case of of a black man done wrong, not this time.

  13. PT Overton says:

    Sid Branch Really, he beat two women and is on trial in GA at this time for the first assault. This kid is trouble, write it down.

  14. PT Overton says:

    Poor Poor Jonathan wronged twice by two women that he beat up. They had it coming… your opinion? You hit women, you go to jail in GA and in AL. The Bill Cosby defense is getting old….all them women are liars.

  15. PT Overton says:

    Kicked off of two teams: GA and Alabama, in one year. And sadly, the ignorant think he was set up.

  16. PT Overton says:

    Taylor is no rocket scientist for sure.

  17. She recanted. Did you enjoy the article?

  18. Sid Branch says:

    right. I didn't read all. and, folks ought to be careful.

  19. Kris Visual says:

    PT Overton You seem pretty sure that he beat those two women. I didn't realize it was common knowledge. Did one of the women recant her story?

  20. Don Elliott says:

    PT Overton Yeah, because these little damsels in distress are always just so innocent. they would never falsely accuse a man of anything.
    Maybe they need to stop trying to bag a baller.

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