NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin referred to an allegation against him in a Buzzfeed.com report as “baseless statements” on Monday.
The story about the Vanderbilt rape case that led to the dismissal of four football players and the suspension of a fifth, alleged that Franklin “encouraged a player to delete a video of the incident after the player showed it to Franklin,” according to “a source close to one of the defendants.”
Franklin was asked about the allegation during his weekly press conference.
“There’s nobody that understands the seriousness of this situation more than me,” Franklin said. “I could not be more sympathetic to the alleged victim. It’s a very, very serious issue, and I’m not going to waste your time or mine reacting to baseless statements. I’m not going to do it.
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