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Four former Vanderbilt players charged with rape

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09:42 AM ET 08.10 | Four former Vanderbilt University football players were charged Friday in the rape of an unconscious student in a Gillette Hall dormitory room in a case police described as "unsettling." Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from California; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Maryland; JaBorian "Tip" McKenzie, 18 from Mississippi and Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville, were charged with five counts each of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also charged with one count of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. Police said the case came to light only after university officials saw something suspicious while reviewing surveillance camera footage in an unrelated matter.

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August 10, 2013  09:44 AM ET

No Game, Bros?

August 10, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Disgusting.

August 10, 2013  10:07 AM ET

OMG! Aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery forced on an unconscious student on campus and all caught on film by accident.

What kind of institutions are you running down there SEC?

MY WORD!!!

August 10, 2013  10:43 AM ET

This reads like a Rohypnol drug case (along with the rape charges) in the Tennessean. And other current players may be involved, as witness subpoenas have been issued for them as well. This case is ugly already, and will only get worse. Might also add that reader comments on HC James Franklin were highly critical and uncomplimentary of him.

August 10, 2013  10:47 AM ET

I pray for the victim. He must be in a world of hurt right now.

August 10, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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I pray for the victim. He must be in a world of hurt right now.

Uh...read the article, Van. That's not funny.

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August 10, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I pray for the victim. He must be in a world of hurt right now.

This is nothing to joke about. Those involved need to rot in prison for the rest of their lives, and if it comes out that others knew things and did not report it (i.e. coaches) they need to be prosicuted also. Did we not learn anything from Penn ST.?

August 10, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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Uh...read the article, Van. That's not funny.

All right all right already, my bad.

August 10, 2013  11:40 AM ET

When this sorry event was first reported, there seemed to be a few defenders of the football players. Iirc, the general opinion was that she was responsible for what happened, or at least cooperated. I hope we can stop assuming that every young women who goes to a party is "asking for it". Men who don't respect women think that way, and it frequently leads to trouble.

August 10, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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When this sorry event was first reported, there seemed to be a few defenders of the football players. Iirc, the general opinion was that she was responsible for what happened, or at least cooperated. I hope we can stop assuming that every young women who goes to a party is "asking for it". Men who don't respect women think that way, and it frequently leads to trouble.

As a guy with two daughters and two granddaughters, I agree with this 100%

August 10, 2013  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

When this sorry event was first reported, there seemed to be a few defenders of the football players. Iirc, the general opinion was that she was responsible for what happened, or at least cooperated. I hope we can stop assuming that every young women who goes to a party is "asking for it". Men who don't respect women think that way, and it frequently leads to trouble.

Yeah, it's 2013 and some people still want to blame the female for bad things that happen to her. It's total b ul l.

August 10, 2013  12:06 PM ET

If Case McCoy wasn't there to film it, it didn't happen.

August 10, 2013  01:46 PM ET
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If Case McCoy wasn't there to film it, it didn't happen.

Zingerooo...that's good Josh.

August 10, 2013  01:47 PM ET
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Did we not learn anything from Penn ST.?

This does represent incremental progress from what usually happens when it concerns a revenue sport at a major univeristy. At least, the word "former" appears in the headlines. Vanderbilt suspended the players back in June, pending investigation. Contrast that with the accused rapists who played in the national championship game for ND. Not to mention, further, the years of enabling by willful ignorance at PSU.

August 10, 2013  02:01 PM ET
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OMG! Aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery forced on an unconscious student on campus and all caught on film by accident.What kind of institutions are you running down there SEC?MY WORD!!!

Lizzie Seeberg's family sends their regards.

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August 10, 2013  02:27 PM ET
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Lizzie Seeberg's family sends their regards.

Okay Where, this is uncalled for! But maybe I had it coming.

Note to self ,, never commit on rape, hommosexuallity, politics, religion, and equal rights for women threads. Emotions are way too high.

August 10, 2013  02:28 PM ET
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Did a guy get raped?

Check the mirror.

 
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