Earlier this week Titus Bramble was arrested and then bailed on suspicion of rape. I don’t know about other industries but in my line of work someone arrested for such an offence would certainly be suspended. Probably for two reasons:
Firstly as a safeguarding measure to protect children and young people. I would imagine that most football clubs have plenty of young people knocking around. Someone who is under investigation for a sexual offence should not have access to young people.
Secondly, the suspected would likely be suspended for bringing an organisation into disrepute. Should he be found guilty then it does not look good on Sunderland that they have continued to employ Bramble and utilise his skills. For me it sends the message that they do not take this sort of issue seriously and would rather hang onto this player as long as possible regardless of what he has been accused of doing.
I am making no comment on the guilt or innocence of Bramble. However, I think football is in a bit of a mess with regard to the behaviour of players off the pitch at the moment and allowing Bramble to play does communicate to young footballers and lads all over the country that it is ok to take advantage of women sexually. Being a professional footballer will throw you into the media spotlight and every footballer and football club must take that responsibility seriously.