With training camp in full swing, the Atlanta Falcons have a slew of "camp bodies" that are generally not expected to make the team. These players come and go, and most fans (and bloggers) never even learn their names. In fact, the first time you may see their names are when they are finally waived.
The Falcons have waived LB Torrey Green.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 4, 2016
Nothing much of interest here unless you read TMZ's report (that felt weird to type) about Green.
An Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker is at the center of TWO separate rape investigations ... after two different women told cops he sexually assaulted them while he was a star player at Utah State.
TMZ Sports has learned ... the Cache County Attorney's Office in Utah is actively investigating Torrey Green -- a 6'2", 220 pounder who signed a free agent contract with the Falcons back in April.
TMZ posted the story at about 4 AM and the Falcons announced Green's release at 9 AM. According to the report, police are investigating Green for two rapes from 2015 and one sexual assault from an unspecified year. TMZ updated their story after Green was waived and said his release is "directly related" to the ongoing investigations.
The Falcons are no stranger to players accused of sexual assault. In 2014 they drafted Prince Shembo, a linebacker who was accused of sexual battery in college. The accuser later committed suicide and charges were never filed. Shembo was cut in 2015 after he was arrested for beating his girlfriend's dog to death.
UPDATE: Green has retained the public relations and crisis management firm ZTPR, who reached out and sent us the following statement from Zack Teperman on behalf of Green.
Our client Torrey Green would like to apologize to Arthur Blank, Dan Quinn, Jeff Ulbrich and the entire Falcons organization for this distraction and the unfortunate accusations. At this time Torrey has complete faith that any further investigation will prove his complete innocence and he will be exonerated. It's a shame his name is being dragged out there in the media and that this young man’s bright future in the NFL is taking a major hit. Torrey will continue to cooperate with authorities if needed, and looks forward to his next NFL opportunity.