NASHVILLE — A Vanderbilt football team cloaked in controversy remains a team supported by thousands.
On Sunday, even as details of the rape case involving four former Vanderbilt University football players continued to unfold, an estimated 5,000 people attended Dore Jam, the annual fan day activity for Vanderbilt’s football team.
Gold- and black-clad supporters stood for hours in the sultry sun, holding team posters, waving pompons and seeking autographs of the 2013 football squad.
The absent few — former players Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from California; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Maryland; JaBorian “Tip” McKenzie, 18, from Mississippi; and Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville — were in jail or out on bond after being charged on Friday with five counts each of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
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