Amid sex crime investigation, review of Commodore roster finds little trouble

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10:05pm

It’s not unusual for sports page headlines in the South to tout the criminal proceedings against players in the Southeastern Conference — the University of Florida and University of Georgia combined for 32 arrests going back three years, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Vanderbilt, however, has mostly stayed out of the spotlight.

But the dismissal of four Vanderbilt University football players amid a sexual assault investigation last week brought negative attention to Commodores head coach James Franklin’s typically problem-free football team.

As of press time, there were no charges in the sexual assault case, and forensic evidence was being reviewed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The dismissed players’ names weren’t released by the school.

“Decisions in regard to charges will be made at the appropriate time as warranted by the investigation, which is expected to remain open and active into the near future,” said a statement issued by the Metro Nashville Police Department.

The City Paper reviewed Davidson County Criminal Court documents for every player on the Commodores’ 2011 and 2012 roster to see the extent of criminal offenses under Franklin’s tutelage. The records reveal several previously unreported incidents, but no alarming pattern of criminal activity.

Former Commodore offensive lineman Grant Ramsay was arrested on Dec. 14, 2012, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Ramsay was pulled over by police after he pulled out of a gas station on 12th Avenue without his headlights on. According to records, Ramsay pleaded the charge down to misdemeanor reckless driving.

The 6-foot-5 center from Marietta, Ga., didn’t see any game action in three years at Vanderbilt. He left the team earlier this year due to injury, according to the school.

In addition to Ramsey, redshirt sophomore safety Jahmel McIntosh was cited for disorderly conduct after getting into a fight at Steeplechase. According to a copy of the state citation, McIntosh, 20, admitted to drinking prior to the fight. McIntosh played sparingly in 2012, registering eight tackles. He is still on the team, according to Vanderbilt football spokesman Larry Leathers. 

Three additional players on the 2011 and 2012 rosters received state citations for driving on a suspended license, speeding and underage possession of alcohol.

The most notable arrest during the Franklin regime was former Commodore Andre Simmons’ alleged involvement in an armed robbery and burglary of a Vanderbilt dorm in 2011. Simmons’ charges were deferred in March 2012, and could be dropped after three years of good behavior. He is now playing football at Old Dominion University in Virginia. 

Former Commodore Mylon Brown got into trouble after he was dismissed from the team for “violation of team rules” after the 2011 season. Brown was arrested for driving under the influence in March.

He was convicted of reckless driving. About a month later, Brown allegedly smashed a glass door at the Red Rooster on Demonbreun Street and was charged with felony vandalism and public intoxication. That case is set for trial later this month.

9 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/5/13 at 7:12

DUH! Enough money backing Vanderbilt to keep most problems out of the media.

By: joe41 on 7/5/13 at 7:49

bfra, dream on on. The problems just don't exist.

By: jonw on 7/5/13 at 11:09

Joe, dream on. At least nine have slipped through the Vandy protection program.

By: hattrick3 on 7/5/13 at 3:19

I can tEll you that oNe of the playerS kicked from the team graduated from a local private school that's knoWn tO RecruiT questionable players. He also has a couple of cmapionship rings.

By: wiseguy1 on 7/8/13 at 7:44

bfra ... enough money at Vanderbilt? So you contend VU athletic program has plenty of $$? And COULD have spent that on facilityupgrades but instead cose to keep players legal troubles out media with alleged $$? Not sure what you are smoking, but it must be good.

By: TNReader on 7/8/13 at 9:21

Other than Vandy influence, how is it possible that some investigative reporter in the media has not gone through the roster and been able to determine the identities of the dismissed players and make them public?

By: hattrick3 on 7/8/13 at 9:43

Reporters are being lazy or intimidated. My son is a rising senior in high school and he knows who two of the guys are. One was a WR at Ensworth. I'm curious if Ensworth is involved in the cover up along with Vandy.

By: JeffF on 7/8/13 at 12:32

That blotter sounds an awful lot like the ones at other schools. Young men will do stupid things of varying degrees of societal abhorance, no matter what school they attend. Some men from certain backgrounds will do it more often, but that is no reason to sit judgement that no one from those places should get a shot at an education.

I hope the discovery of arrests that were kept off the front page will make Vandy fans realize all kids deserve a second chance for some bad decisions. The preaching from the pulpit that Vandy will never keep a criminal in school is old and loathsome. The use of the word "thug" when talking about other schools should also be eliminated until your own special brand of "thug" is handled.

By: ATFD!!!! on 7/8/13 at 4:36

Vanderbilt fans are keenly aware of athletes who have gotten in trouble on our teams. We are also keenly aware that Vanderbilt unlike their SEC brethren actually do something about it. As far as the four in question, or any athlete until proven 100% guilty of a crime, should NOT have their names put out there. Vanderbilt if they did release the names right now, and these players were found innocent, could be sued and would lose. Wake up. VCDW and CJF know what they are doing. Also, not every Vandy fan calls players from other schools "thugs". Yes, we have fans that do that, but I am pretty sure I have seen that term on just about every SEC message board, but let's just go ahead generalize all Vandy fans. And as far as the comment regarding the "Vanderbilt protection program" good grief, look at the conference they are in. Even if your 9 number is correct, which I doubt it is but lets give you the benefit of the doubt, that is a very small percentage compared to the SEC. Lets look at UT's protection program. Don't even get me started on when Fulmer roamed the sidelines.