Treon Harris wants to be reinstated as a student at the University of Florida and a member of the Florida football team if cleared, his lawyer, Huntley Johnson, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday.
"He absolutely wants to stay at the University of Florida as a student and a student athlete," Johnson said.
The attorney aggressively defended his client in a news release issued Thursday, arguing the accuser was the sexual aggressor during the incident being reviewed by authorities.
"The reason we released our statement is because the university put out an 18-page heavily redacted police report and that caused all kinds of wild speculation," Johnson told the Orlando Sentinel. "So we decided to step up and present the facts as we know them. When all is said and done, we feel everything that we’ve said will be verified."
Johnson's three-page statement can be read in its entirety here. In it, Johnson affirms Harris "is not guilty of a crime" and details a fair bit of the substantial evidence he says he has to prove that as fact.
Harris has not been charged with any crime, and the investigation into the sexual battery he is alleged to have committed is ongoing. Florida's University Police Department, which is handling the case, released a heavily redacted incident report on Wednesday.
Harris has been suspended by both the University Athletic Association and the university since Monday. Johnson said Wednesday that he does not expect Harris to play for Florida on Saturday against LSU.
It is unclear how or when Harris would be reinstated, but it is unlikely that would happen without full clearance after the completion of an investigation.