Please excuse the sarcasm in reporting these hideous crimes - but they occur in a week when Aaron Hernandez being charged with murder produced multiple #hot #takes about how Urban Meyer enabled him to kill, including "Arrest Tarnishes Urban Meyer Era at Florida."
Anyway, onto this hideousness:
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 — 5:21 PM
Vanderbilt University today announced that four members of its football team were suspended earlier this week for violation of team rules. As additional facts become known, Vanderbilt will take further action, if and as warranted.
The report was filed by former Ohio State home opening opponent Vanderbilt on Friday evening, where bad news traditionally goes to hide.
Based on further details from The Tennessean, the timing seems deliberate as it refers to an ongoing investigation, rather than news that's breaking on Friday night:
“I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation on Wednesday in regard to a matter that was alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory,” said Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro police. “Our sex crimes detectives became involved as the result of a notification to us on Wednesday from Vanderbilt University police. The investigation remains very much in progress.”
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“Vanderbilt University today announced that four members of its football team were suspended earlier this week for violation of team rules,” read the announcement. “As additional facts become known, Vanderbilt will take further action, if and as warranted. Because of Vanderbilt's ongoing investigation, the university will offer further comment when appropriate.”
No further information is available, but with the tragedy of the Steubenville still fresh in the public's eye, don't expect to see multiple football players being involved in a sex crimes investigation fade away. It's not like systemic organizational academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill or anything.