Vandy rape case in spotlight after CNN report; prosecutor says as a Tennessee fan he 'wouldn't protect a Vanderbilt quarterback'

Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6) leaves the field after Vanderbilt upset No. 15 Georgia 31-27 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Cara-Samuels injured his leg in the second quarter and watched the remainder of the game from the sideline. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6) leaves the field after Vanderbilt upset No. 15 Georgia 31-27 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Cara-Samuels injured his leg in the second quarter and watched the remainder of the game from the sideline. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The ongoing scandal at Vanderbilt over the confirmed involvement of four football players in a rape case, as well as the allegations that Commodores' first-team quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels helped cover up the crime, gained national steam once again on Monday night.

CNN's television program 'Anderson Cooper 360' aired a segment on the ongoing investigation, highlighting several unresolved aspects of the case, most prominently the text that now-former Vandy receiver Chris Boyd sent saying that Carta-Samuels had help move the unconscious woman from the scene of the crime.

Boyd, as well as prosecutors, said that he incorrectly identified the person who helped move the woman, raising eyebrows since Boyd and Carta-Samuels had been Vanderbilt teammates for three seasons by that point, making the chance that he, as a receiver, might misidentify his own quarterback seem curious to some.

Additionally, as Tennessean reporter Brian Haas discussed with CNN, neither the prosecution, the defense, or Vanderbilt have said who the other person was that Boyd claims to have misidentified as Carta-Samuels.

For his part, Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman scoffed at the idea that his office would help protect a Vanderbilt player, telling CNN that he isn't Carta-Samuels' offensive line, saying that, as a Tennessee fan, “I wouldn't be protecting a Vanderbilt quarterback.”

Carta-Samuels got hurt in the Commodores' 31-27 win over Georgia on Oct. 19 and has been replaced by former Maryville star Patton Robinette.

Mobile and tablet users can click here to see CNN's report

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wigmeister writes:

Whole tawdry situation is sad, to say the least.

psychovol2 writes:

Despicable, criminal, sickening, demoralizing, traumatizing, shaming, unforgivable, hope you get porked in prison comes to mind...

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