Vanderbilt dismisses four football players as police conduct sex crimes investigation

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:49pm

Four Vanderbilt football players have been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

The university also announced early Saturday morning the four players have been placed on interim suspension from the university, effective immediately, pending further investigation and a possible hearing. They may not return to campus for any purpose without explicit permission from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. The release did not identify the four players.

“The well-being of our students is of paramount concern to us, and we will not tolerate any actions that threaten student safety and security,” Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said in a release.

The announcement comes a day after Vanderbilt announced the players had been suspended from the team for a violation of team rules. Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron confirmed Friday that the

“Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation on Wednesday in regard to a matter that is alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory. Our Sex Crimes detectives became involved as the result of a notification to us on Wednesday from Vanderbilt University Police. This is an open and very much active investigation.”

As of Friday night, no arrests had been made.

Vanderbilt said it is fully cooperating with the Metro police investigation and said university officials will comment further when appropriate.

11 Comments on this post:

By: Badbob on 6/29/13 at 7:08

Obviously too much cheese with their wine.

By: La-La on 6/29/13 at 7:17

The staff needs to review the word dimisses. It is dismisses!!

By: Bellevue on 6/29/13 at 7:59

So much for the pompous and self righteous attitude a lot of those message board Vanderbilt fans exhibit. i.e. - Vandsirrom, Commodore78, Sumner County Dore and Dee From Atlanta to name a few.

By: joe41 on 6/30/13 at 7:53

Bellevue, I am more concerned about the future of these students. You seem to want to make an issue of it. You are the one in the wrong buddy. Lets see what the facts are. I am still proud of my Commodores.


By: courier37027 on 6/30/13 at 3:37

With winning comes great responsibility...and felony charges. Welcome to the big time, 'Dores.

By: Badbob on 7/1/13 at 4:36

joe41 - " I am more concerned about the future of these students" we assume you mean the victims, not the perpetrator/football players...

By: noitall on 7/1/13 at 8:58

can someone please explain why the names of the players aren't being disclosed? it seems that every time a player is dismissed at Georgia or Tennessee or any other state school due to investigations into criminal behavior, their names are given. is this because Vanderbilt is a private institution or what?

By: joe41 on 7/1/13 at 11:00

Badbod, all of them.


By: BigPapa on 7/1/13 at 11:39

because it's not a public institution, freedom of information act does not apply.

So one girl and 4 guys?... this could get really ugly. If she consented but then got embarrassed and now wants to scream rape, or if she was OK with 3 guys but 4 was too much..
was she passed out, was she high/drunk?..

All really bad stuff , if you toss in any racial aspect for extra heat and we could be in for a lot of "she said/ they said"

By: noitall on 7/1/13 at 2:20

so, they're hiding behind their rights as a private institution to protect the identities of these players--that's bullshit! (although it could be a powerful recruiting tool--come to Vanderbilt and if you get in trouble, your transgressions will remain hidden from public scrutiny.)

i can only hope that this incident puts an end to the sanctimony exhibited by the institution and its fans that their football players are smarter and better behaved than those of their SEC brethren. The truth of the matter is that Vanderbilt football players are only a tad smarter than those at most other SEC schools, but the smarts gap between the average student at Vandy and the average student-athlete at Vandy is far greater than it is at Georgia or Florida or even SEC institutions of lesser quality like UT and Alabama. (If you don't believe me, just ask any Vandy faculty member who teaches Organizational and Human Development.) In effect, Vanderbilt compromises its academic standards more so than other teams in the SEC and to a much greater degree than Stanford or Duke.

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