November 5th, 2013
01:03 AM ET

Questions about possible coverup in rape case against Vanderbilt University football players

Four Vanderbilt University football players have been charged with rape and sexual battery, in connection with an attack on a woman on campus back in June. All four were kicked off the team and suspended from school. All have also pleaded not guilty and are out on bond. Now there new questions about a text message that suggests the current star quarterback was there too, and actually helped move the victim. There is a lot of secrecy surrounding this case, but Gary Tuchman did get some of the lawyers to talk.

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  1. Cami

    Another sad case, of young people throwing away their careers. It takes so much money to attend college now days, It is a crying shame how some students, find the time to break the law. And to think someone marched for them.

    November 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  2. Alum in Nashville

    Vandy Parent–even the quote from Vanderbilt used in this story is weeks if not months old.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  3. Vandy Parent

    I hope and pray everyone involved in this act are held accountable. If this occurred on the Commons, there are cameras in the hallways. I would think there are probably cameras in the other dorms, too. If Vanderbilt is covering this up I will be so disappointed in this university for which I hold in high regard.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • Alum in Nashville

      Vandy Parent, I would encourage you to google the case. The only hint of a cover up is by certain members of the media who are determined to find one. Suspicious behavior was discovered by Vanderbilt staff who were reviewing video surveillance. They then reported this to VU administration and PD. VU admin and PD viewed the tapes and handed it off to the police department. Within the first couple of days the four rape suspects were dismissed from the team. Within the first 5 days they were dismissed from the school entirely. This occurred after the police investigation began but long before any charges were filed. As for the 5th player, once he was indicted he too was suspended. When it came out in his plea exactly what he did, he was dismissed. This DA has shown no reluctance to investigate or indict where warranted-if he was "protecting a star player" as hypothesized by the reporter, then he certainly would not have pursued the 5th player, who was expected to be one of the top two receivers in the SEC this year. Further there is NOTHING in this story that has not been previously reported–other than the opinions of Brian Haas, a "journalist" who also likes to lurk on the comments pages of the articles defending his positions.

      November 5, 2013 at 10:53 pm |

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