Lawsuit: UA showed ‘deliberate indifference’ as Wildcats player beat girlfriends

Defense Attorney Trevor Hill consoles Orlando Bradford during his November 2017 sentencing hearing in Pima County Superior Court./Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

By Caitlin Schmidt | Arizona Daily Star

In May 2016, a concerned parent called the University of Arizona’s Dean of Students Office to report that Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford was physically abusing her daughter.

The mother said that she feared for her daughter’s safety but that the young woman was too afraid to speak to the school.

Less than a month after the phone call to the dean’s office, Bradford pushed the young woman into a wall and choked her.

When she tried to escape, he grabbed and scratched her, bruising her ribs in the process.

The woman endured several more months of abuse, with Bradford regularly choking, hitting and kicking her. On one occasion, he dragged her out of a car by her hair.

Bradford’s abuse of the woman was openly discussed in the locker room, but nobody from the school made any efforts to investigate the situation or stop the abuse.

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