Four Vanderbilt Football Players Suspended Amidst Sex Crimes Investigation

June 28, 2013 at 8:06p    by Ramzy Nasrallah    
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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.


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tdible2132's picture

This changes the subject a bit, but what ever happened to that whole story on the 3 OSU freshman who were "possibly" involved in a case recently with a girl being taken advantage of?  Perhaps it has been hashed out and the girl exaggerated her story, but I was just wondering if anybody had heard anything else on that whole situation.  It's probably good that we haven't heard anything else on that matter, just would hate to see the media get ahold of a serious story like that involving OSU and subsequently Meyer.

route4buckeye's picture

Yeah, that happened what? Three or four months ago? I figured that was the case.

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Didn't involve 1 player who wasn't really involved, 1 player who transferred out, and 1 recruit who ended up not committing?

route4buckeye's picture

Supposedly it was Kyle Dodson and Se'Von Pittman. I can't remember the other. I'm pretty sure it was a player and not a recruit.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

The third player was Michael Thomas, who was in the room after the fact and just seen as a possible witness. 

05Buckeye's picture

The folks at Channel 6 jumped the gun. Their reporting showed a snapshot of the report with two names clearly on the report. One of those names might have been the accuser. The snapshot made its way around various Buckeye fan websites. I cannot recall if this website had it.
Nevertheless, the reporting of Channel 6 put a wrench in that investigation.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

One of many reasons Channel 6 is behind NBC 4, and 10tv.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Don't encourage them, staff.  There are people stupid enough to do that.

Class of 2010.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Yet they would never give Urban credit for how well Tebow has turned out.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

pjtobin's picture

VERY.  TRUE.  WORDS.  +1 for you sir. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

pjtobin's picture

These stories always piss me off. Anything even close to being an assault  , or harassment , is not acceptable. Ever. I don't like the girls who make false claims either. I know those are rare cases compared to actual cases. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

spqr2008's picture

The suspensions could be a preventative measure while the university lets the police investigate.  The DOE's new Dear Colleague letter basically tells schools it's better to take preemptive action if there is even a 50% chance of guilt, or they could be ineligible to receive federal funding or federal student loans.  Most administrators will generally follow that suggestion to the letter because it could destroy a university.

CALPOPPY's picture

Clearly this is the result of Gee's free-spending, above-reprise attitude that they're still trying to get out from under at that poor, down-trodden, little institution down in Tenn.
How deep it went.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

steensn's picture

Gee's fault, **High Fives**

bukyze's picture

Looks like they've been released from the team and kicked off campus, per CBSSports.com.

bigbadbuck's picture

Well if there was any doubt if Vandy was a member of the SEC, this should clear it up

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

9Route's picture

The 4 Vandy players RUMORed to be the culprits are:
CB Brandon Banks, FS Cory Batey, WR Tip McKinzie, and TE Brandon Vandenburg.

I'm just happy to be here

fanosu99's picture

Vandy should consider themselves lucky no tattoos were involved. 
Sorry don't know how to use the sarcasm font from my phone.