Former Vandy football players indicted for rape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four former Vanderbilt football players have been indicted on five counts of aggravated rape each of an unconscious 21-year-old student at a campus dormitory in June.

Safety Cory Batey, 19 of Nashville, Tenn.; defensive back Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; receiver Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.; and tight end Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif. also have been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery for an incident tipped to campus officials by surveillance video. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

While the players were indicted Friday, the district attorney general pointed out that the investigation isn't over yet.

"Although four people are being charged at this time, the investigation is still on-going into the actions of other individuals and the role(s) they may have played in this incident," District Attorney General Torry Johnson said in a statement.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and barred them from the campus pending the investigation. Vice chancellor Beth Fortune said Friday that their first thoughts are for the victim, a Vanderbilt student, and that the university will continue to offer her all of its services and support.

"We are shocked and saddened by the allegations that such an assault has taken place on our campus and that they include members of our football team," Fortune said in a statement.

"The charges brought today against the four former Vanderbilt football players allege conduct which is abhorrent and will never be tolerated. We will review our athletics program to be sure that it, like all other programs at the university, reflects our culture of community and respect for others and that our student athletes are held to the same high standards of conduct as all our students."

According to Nashville police, the four men are charged with raping the unconscious woman inside Vandenburg's room at Gillette House dormitory early on June 23. University officials checking the dorm's surveillance in the hallways on an unrelated matter noticed the four's behavior and notified the Vanderbilt University Police Department the night of June 25. Campus police contacted Nashville's sex crimes unit June 26.

"Their investigation has uncovered compelling, unsettling evidence that was presented to the Davidson County Grand Jury earlier today," chief Steve Anderson said in a statement.

Attorney Worrick Robinson said Batey has been taken into custody at his Nashville home. Police said Batey was taken to a hospital for mandatory blood testing before being taken to the Metro Jail with his bond set at $350,000. Police said they are making arrangements for the other three to be taken into custody as well.

Austyn Carta-Samuels, expected to be Vanderbilt's starting quarterback, is five current Commodores listed in the indictment as witnesses for the prosecution if the case goes to trial. The others include offensive lineman Jake Bernstein, wide receiver DeAndre Woods, tight end Dillon van der Wal and snapper Mack Prioleau.

Vanderbilt did not identify the four players until July 15 before the Commodores headed to Alabama for Southeastern Conference media days. None of the four played a snap for Vanderbilt last season.

Batey came in last season as a receiver and redshirted behind Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd before switching to safety this spring.

Banks also redshirted as a freshman last season. His attorney Grover Collins declined to comment on the indictment but said last month that Banks is innocent and fully cooperating with police.

McKenzie redshirted in 2012, but the 5-foot-8 receiver had four catches for 83 yards in the Commodores' spring game — the most yards receiving in the game. His attorney, Jodie Bell, did not immediately return a message by the AP. The 6-foot-5 Vandenburg was considered one of the top junior college tight ends nationally coming out of Xavier College Prep, and he became the first junior college transfer at Vanderbilt since Jordan Rodgers in 2010.

The Commodores, who went 9-4 and won the Music City for their best season since 1915 last season, opens the 2013 season Aug. 29 hosting Mississippi.

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SBWB2 writes:

Thought they attended Pea Body ?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to SBWB2:

Thought they attended Pea Body ?

Witch Doctor see what you did there. lol
Bones never lie.

Orange_Power_T writes:

Thoughts and prayers go out to the victim.

As for the four........ buhh..bye!

Long_Black_Train writes:

Whoops...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Vandy was supposedly the only program in the SEC that recruited character athletes. They can't say that anymore.

Theo writes:

Wow, kind of makes you wish rape was a capital offense doesn't it. If this turns out like it sounds, I hope they are all very old men when they get out of jail. Waste of oxygen.

jkjvols writes:

Enjoy jail boys! I wish they could be transferred and share a room with, oh, that guy from Penn State! James Franklin claims to run a clean program and recruits classy athletes..... Yeah right!

ncvol17 writes:

sounds like some dope took pics...cooking your own goose...SAT's?

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

According to the article, none of them have ever played a down. So it probably won't have much effect on them. On the other hand, after the Dawgs smack them down, Jimmy Frank is sure to have them riled up to the point of putting another embarrassing stomping on the Vols. Still, cheer up. Against the Cats, you might preserve your new tradition of 1-7s in the SEC and avoid the ofer. Unless, of course, Stoops can find a wide receiver to play QB.

tnsportsman writes:

George Cafego Trained to HATE the vaaanberbilt commode-a-dores! There is a reason The University of Maryland Did Not Want Franklin as their Head Coach, time will tell and it will come out as to why. The only private school in the SEC needs to join the Ivy League!

GO VOLS, WE ARE The University of Tennessee!

vol98champ writes:

"witnesses for the prosecution" That paragraph needs some work.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

According to the article, none of them have ever played a down. So it probably won't have much effect on them. On the other hand, after the Dawgs smack them down, Jimmy Frank is sure to have them riled up to the point of putting another embarrassing stomping on the Vols. Still, cheer up. Against the Cats, you might preserve your new tradition of 1-7s in the SEC and avoid the ofer. Unless, of course, Stoops can find a wide receiver to play QB.

You are truly a frightened little man.
As well you should be.

Go Vols

NashvillePreds writes:

It should be noted that all four of these accused rapists were brought to the vandy campus by James Franklin.
Anchor down......

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

Only at Vanderbilt. Stay classy James Franklin!

jkjvols writes:

All real Vols fans should hate Vanderbilt! All real Vols fans should hate every team in the SEC period!

chattabluetick writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

According to the article, none of them have ever played a down. So it probably won't have much effect on them. On the other hand, after the Dawgs smack them down, Jimmy Frank is sure to have them riled up to the point of putting another embarrassing stomping on the Vols. Still, cheer up. Against the Cats, you might preserve your new tradition of 1-7s in the SEC and avoid the ofer. Unless, of course, Stoops can find a wide receiver to play QB.

Vols had a first year coach put a beat-down on dogs in 2009 and history could repeat with Butch Jones at the helm. The Vols are about to start another long winning streak against dogs like they did 1989-1999 9 straight. Tennessee tradition exceeds Georgia tradition. Vols about to become 2nd SEC team to win 800 games, other being Alabama who dogs would have beaten had they spiked the ball. Georgia should be 2012 Nat'l Champs.

Mboroalum writes:

"Anchor Down", will take on a whole new meaning in prison. Enjoy boys.

Vol43 writes:

As long as I've lived here, and it's been a long time, nothing even remotely has happened at Vandy as this very sad news. Squeaky clean program. Then comes Jimmy and the rest is history. All I'm saying is in all the history of Vanderbilt football, nothing like this has ever hit the news. Then comes Jimmy. Sometimes success comes with a price. This is about as bad as it gets.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to Vol43:

As long as I've lived here, and it's been a long time, nothing even remotely has happened at Vandy as this very sad news. Squeaky clean program. Then comes Jimmy and the rest is history. All I'm saying is in all the history of Vanderbilt football, nothing like this has ever hit the news. Then comes Jimmy. Sometimes success comes with a price. This is about as bad as it gets.

Vandy fans have always stuck their noses in the air when talk of their football impotence came up. This is the price they said they never wanted to pay to have a winning football team. But it's the price all programs pay when they hire a self centered punk for a football coach. We know all about it. We hired one who stayed one year, recruited some criminals, and then moved on. Be careful for what you wish, Candy. You just might get it. Not so stuck up anymore, eh?

Vol43 writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Vandy fans have always stuck their noses in the air when talk of their football impotence came up. This is the price they said they never wanted to pay to have a winning football team. But it's the price all programs pay when they hire a self centered punk for a football coach. We know all about it. We hired one who stayed one year, recruited some criminals, and then moved on. Be careful for what you wish, Candy. You just might get it. Not so stuck up anymore, eh?

Couldn't have said it better.

SoFlaVol writes:

in response to Mboroalum:

"Anchor Down", will take on a whole new meaning in prison. Enjoy boys.

Ouch!!!

Colliervol writes:

in response to chattabluetick:

Vols had a first year coach put a beat-down on dogs in 2009 and history could repeat with Butch Jones at the helm. The Vols are about to start another long winning streak against dogs like they did 1989-1999 9 straight. Tennessee tradition exceeds Georgia tradition. Vols about to become 2nd SEC team to win 800 games, other being Alabama who dogs would have beaten had they spiked the ball. Georgia should be 2012 Nat'l Champs.

Too bad the goof isn't a GA fan. Just that same little troll we've had to tolerate for the last year or so. Was anchoring down and now he's hunkering down. Did I say "hunkering down"? Now that's appropriate for him. Probably in that position most of the time.

Colliervol writes:

If Les Miles was coaching them, he'd let the team vote whether they played or not.

thevoice writes:

Sad. Just sad.

Orange_Beach writes:

This will be the highlight of UThug's season.

flatrock writes:

There is a reason Maryland refused to promote James Franklin from head-coach-in-waiting...Instead, they paid him $100,000 to leave...Franklin's 5 SEC wins came against teams that won a combined 5 conference games...An alternative pub in Nashville reported in June that a search of Metro Police records revealed there have been several arrests of Vandy players that have gone unreported by VU and / or The Tennessean...Interestingly, that pub closed today, citing a lack of advertiser support from the Nashville business community...

VOLKING writes:

in response to jkjvols:

All real Vols fans should hate Vanderbilt! All real Vols fans should hate every team in the SEC period!

All real Vol fans should have attended the University of Tennessee. All real Vol fans should own an orange and white pick-up truck. SEE...I can make up dumb rules too. I don't think I'll allow you to dictate who can and cannot be a real Vol fan. Just enjoy the games and support the team. Haters gonna hate.

pms151 writes:

in response to Vol43:

As long as I've lived here, and it's been a long time, nothing even remotely has happened at Vandy as this very sad news. Squeaky clean program. Then comes Jimmy and the rest is history. All I'm saying is in all the history of Vanderbilt football, nothing like this has ever hit the news. Then comes Jimmy. Sometimes success comes with a price. This is about as bad as it gets.

u hire 1 you get exponential, Get it?

gohawks1 writes:

I'm all Vol, but I find no joy in this. It's just sad.

DonK37920 writes:

People need to separate their hate for a school and this horrible crime. It says more about the individuals involved than Vandy. Any grown men that gang rape an unconscious girl are very sick, twisted people and deserve to rot in jail. As for the witnesses listed, if they saw this happen and didn't stop it, they need a wake up call too.
Of course if rappers are celebrating rape and violence against women in their "music" and lots people are listening to it, it makes you wonder. I'm not blaming the music but why would people even buy music these days that celebrate this type of activity? Were they just acting out what they heard in a Rick Ross song? Did they think it was cool? Did they even have a moment of clarity while it was going on and think they may be doing something wrong? Kobe did it and he is still an idol? Ben Roethlisberger did it twice and he is still a hero in Pittsburg? Unfortunately, our society is becoming less sensitive when these things happen.

ctwins writes:

in response to chattabluetick:

Vols had a first year coach put a beat-down on dogs in 2009 and history could repeat with Butch Jones at the helm. The Vols are about to start another long winning streak against dogs like they did 1989-1999 9 straight. Tennessee tradition exceeds Georgia tradition. Vols about to become 2nd SEC team to win 800 games, other being Alabama who dogs would have beaten had they spiked the ball. Georgia should be 2012 Nat'l Champs.

When you talk about rocky flop tradition shoulda, coulda and woulda come to mind. Bama #1 NATIONALLY in national championships, bowl wins/games, and 10 win seasons. 23 SEC Titles and no school in the SEC has a winning record alltime against the Tide. Just the FACTS....

brokendownoldvol writes:

I never understood why someone would want to have sex with an unconscious woman. It's like being married.

tennrich1 writes:

What should be distrubing is the stat when a criminal(especially of such a nature as this)is caught in the act its RARELY the first offense of this nature...probably many more victims...I pray not...but criminology just says otherwise...THAT IS DISGUSTING!!!!And while some may think this a harmless college activity you'll wake up in jail spending 10-20 years....

6972 writes:

There is stupid and then there is STUPID.

TEHICKMAN writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

According to the article, none of them have ever played a down. So it probably won't have much effect on them. On the other hand, after the Dawgs smack them down, Jimmy Frank is sure to have them riled up to the point of putting another embarrassing stomping on the Vols. Still, cheer up. Against the Cats, you might preserve your new tradition of 1-7s in the SEC and avoid the ofer. Unless, of course, Stoops can find a wide receiver to play QB.

I think the immediate effect will be on the depth chart and the tendency to go after higher-rated players, who often come with less character references but stronger high school football stats.... Vandy had just started to make inroads to the world of high level college football.

bUTch_please writes:

Has anyone else noticed?

Just how quickly Coach Franklin has gotten in front of this, taken heartfelt public ownership of the crime, the letdown to the university and declared the teams commitment to the public that every human effort will be applied so the culture that allowed this atrocity to happen is eliminated?

Nope. Me neither.

madrigal writes:

About time, but it sounds like there was a careful and thorough investigation. I am sick and tired of thugs getting a pass just because they are "athletes." "Oh, you can't charge him with anything/give him that grade/suspend him/etc., it will hurt the team!" Nope. They should get treated just like anyone else and have to take responsibility for what they do.

SBWB2 writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

Has anyone else noticed?

Just how quickly Coach Franklin has gotten in front of this, taken heartfelt public ownership of the crime, the letdown to the university and declared the teams commitment to the public that every human effort will be applied so the culture that allowed this atrocity to happen is eliminated?

Nope. Me neither.

Great Post.

manniesghost1903 writes:

Earlier this year I predicted Coach Franklin would probably move on to another program once the SEC went to a 9 conference game schedule. Now I have to revise opinion. As a result of this incident, the Vanderbilt Athletic Program and Coach Franklin may be permanent "marriage" unless the University files for a "divorce." I am pretty sure Franklin's name just got crossed off the list of potential head football coaches for most of respectable universities across the country and probably for some NFL jobs as well. While these former players never played a down for Vanderbilt football, the junior college tight end received offers from many schools (including UT) and was projected as a starter. While the university indicated it would not comment on the guilt or innocence of these "grand jury" named individuals, the statement released from the university is constructed in such a manner, the implication of guilt can be inferred. If the case comes to trial, the defense may have to ask for a change of venue.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Theo:

Wow, kind of makes you wish rape was a capital offense doesn't it. If this turns out like it sounds, I hope they are all very old men when they get out of jail. Waste of oxygen.

If that were my daughter they better hope they rot in jail. A severe beating til death would be their next night to remember. As a matter of fact i think rape should be punishable by death, perhaps that would make these monsters think twice about taking liberties with unconscious victims.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

If that were my daughter they better hope they rot in jail. A severe beating til death would be their next night to remember. As a matter of fact i think rape should be punishable by death, perhaps that would make these monsters think twice about taking liberties with unconscious victims.

I couldn't agree more, and if I could add anything to your comment, it would be that they should do it in public.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

I couldn't agree more, and if I could add anything to your comment, it would be that they should do it in public.

Thx, logical minds do think alike.

CCLC writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

If that were my daughter they better hope they rot in jail. A severe beating til death would be their next night to remember. As a matter of fact i think rape should be punishable by death, perhaps that would make these monsters think twice about taking liberties with unconscious victims.

I'm not sure taking a life for anything is right. Murder is the only thing that I could see that for. I certainly would agree with taking away their ability to commit rape again. If they had to pee sitting down it would give them pause. That should get their attention.

snuffysmiff writes:

This may go deeper than just these four. Several players are on a subpoena list as prosecution witnesses.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

According to the article, none of them have ever played a down. So it probably won't have much effect on them. On the other hand, after the Dawgs smack them down, Jimmy Frank is sure to have them riled up to the point of putting another embarrassing stomping on the Vols. Still, cheer up. Against the Cats, you might preserve your new tradition of 1-7s in the SEC and avoid the ofer. Unless, of course, Stoops can find a wide receiver to play QB.

Fraud, Troll, Nobody... all three rolled into one...take your pick. Same ol' loser, different (new) screen name. Whether you're jeffy, brett, or a cubicle mental small person, the bottom line is you need psychological help. Folks like you never get it because you're too busy living in a fantasy world of your own existance. In your case, living on the site of a team you hate, or are paid to insult. Either way, it's pure stupidity.

And just for the record, and so I can stay on topic, the STARTING QB, and a STARTING O-Lineman, and three other players with significant playing time are being questioned as WITNESSES. Which means in the end, they will be ask why they didn't intervene. Which in turn means they will share, partially, in the responsibility. Which in turn means there will be more vandy players being dismissed.

Btw, ou are such a pitiful excuse for a college football fan, and human being, for using this subject to defame and degrade UT, it's players, and it's coaches. YOU are pathetic.

Vol43 writes:

I heard a rumor that Jimmy cussed the Tennessee fans upon his departing Neyland 2 years ago. I have predicted that Jimmy's hot temper and loose mouth will be his undoing at vandy. Once, I met Woody Woodenhoffer at the Sportsman's Grill in Nashville and we shared a few drinks. What a class act, Woody. If this horrible incident had to happen at vandy, I'm thrilled it happened under Jimmy's watch.

chattabluetick writes:

in response to ctwins:

When you talk about rocky flop tradition shoulda, coulda and woulda come to mind. Bama #1 NATIONALLY in national championships, bowl wins/games, and 10 win seasons. 23 SEC Titles and no school in the SEC has a winning record alltime against the Tide. Just the FACTS....

You are just like the rest of the jerk Bama fans. You conveniently forget the bad seasons and pretend that you have gone undefeated every year.. As i remember unless you are only 12 years old Bama "Flopped"to records of 3-8, 3-8, 4-9, and 4-7 just a dozen years ago. Remember coach Mike Dumbose! How great of you to only have memory of winning seasons. These are worse records than Vols have had during their down time, as a matter of fact Tennessee only team to never lose 8 games in one year. Bama has lost 8 or more many times. If you were bright enough to read my post the comparison was with UGA. Also I do believe if Murray spikes the ball and lets his team catch their breath that they score on 1 of three remaining plays and win and move on to play ND for title. Tide lucked into that one. Check the record and you will find Tennessee with 799 wins and they are 2nd to Bama from SEC ahead of Auburn, LSU, Georgia, and Florida in wins. Vols take a back seat to Bama in most categories you mentioned. Now quit gloating so much, it won't be long before THE Tide will fall from their lil ol perch and the Vols will be the one with the winning streak against them. Lets check your memory again and see what others things you selectively forgotten. Right before the current 6 game win streak Bama has on Tennessee the Vols were winners in 10 of the previous 12 meetings with Alabama. In your small brain you have erased this and convinced yourself that Tennessee has never beaten Alabama. WRONG Get ready it will happen again.

UTvols33 writes:

in response to brokendownoldvol:

I never understood why someone would want to have sex with an unconscious woman. It's like being married.

This was a terrible crime, no matter what the team or who the coach, and my heart goes out to the victim and her family.

....but this made me laugh.

exlineman writes:

I see Brett is back as Dawg days and cttwins. He just can't let it go. I'm surprised he didn't talk about Dooley and praise for Franklin the Peabody head man.

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

Has anyone else noticed?

Just how quickly Coach Franklin has gotten in front of this, taken heartfelt public ownership of the crime, the letdown to the university and declared the teams commitment to the public that every human effort will be applied so the culture that allowed this atrocity to happen is eliminated?

Nope. Me neither.

It's easier for Franklin to talk about how he is heartbroken that this happened to him and his football program than to offer a heartfelt public apology to the victim on behalf of his football program. That's just what a narcissist does...makes everything about himself.

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