Last week, one of the University of Florida’s football players was in the right place at the right time when he and his co-worker rescued a barely conscious 19-year old female from being sexual assaulted behind the popular bar they work at.
It happened on an early Thursday morning at the Gainesville bar at 101 Cantina when they witnessed Christopher Shaw, 34, and his friends behind the dumpsters ready to rape the 19-year old victim.
The two, Garcia and his co-worker Roy Simmons could tell that the girl was barely or unconscious and they at least she could was able to mumble, “get him off” and “help.”
Garcia said, “The girl was basically unconscious, so I knew there was no way she could give consent. That’s when Garcia walked up and grabbed the 34-year old’s shoulder and told him to stop. The man tried to claim that was his girlfriend, but Garcia knew better… he said that the man tried to fight, but he was too drunk to have landed any punches and then they ran off.
He said, “I hold strong moral values and I don’t think anyone should be taken advantage of in that kind of way.
Garcia also said in a phone interview, “Immediately I knew she couldn’t give consent and that’s why I stepped in. People are calling me a hero, but I don’t feel like that. I was just doing the right thing.
This comes in light of the Stanford rape case where the former swimmer Brock Turner was caught doing the exact same sexual assault on an unconscious woman.
One of Garcia’s teammates, the Florida Quarterback, Luke Del Rio, the son of the Oakland Raiders head coach, Jack Del Rio posted a brief comment to his Instagram page regarding the incident:
delriol14 Hopefully the media will talk about the good and not just the bad. Proud to be a teammate of @crisgarcia56! @espn@secnetwork
Also On 97.9 The Box:
More From TheBoxHouston