The Latest – Thursday, Aug. 25:
According to the CEO of Professional Bull Riders, Joao Ricardo Vieira was reinstated after PBR learned of new developments and information. Vieria will be eligible to participate in all PBR-sanctioned events.
“PBR will continue to monitor the situation,” CEO Sean Gleason posted on Facebook.
Original story below:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Joao Ricardo Vieira, a top-ranked rider with Professional Bull Riders, was arrested on suspicion of rape by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the sheriff’s records, Vieira was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on Aug. 4 on suspicion of rape, oral copulation and penetration by a foreign object by means of force or fear.
Vieira, who is 38 and from Brazil, participated in Professional Bull Riders competitions, but he has been suspended due to the investigation in Sacramento County, according to PBR.
Vieira participated in the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento in January, according to PBR’s website. The event spanned from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, and the alleged incident happened on or around Jan. 31, according to the complaint.
“We are aware of a legal matter involving Joao Ricardo Vieira in Sacramento County, California. In light of this situation, Vieira has been suspended from all PBR competition until further notice,” PBR posted on Facebook.
Vieira’s career with PBR appears to have started in 2012.
His bail was set at $2 million. According to the sheriff’s records, his next court date is on Thursday.