"Prosecutors say Vanderbilt QB Austyn Carta-Samuels 'wrongly identified' in rape case." Retraction please!
Vanderbilt has dismissed wide receiver Chris Boyd from the football team. Here’s the statement from the university:
Vanderbilt’s athletic administration, in conjunction with its head football coach, today dismissed Chris Boyd from the university’s football team and athletic program. The action came after an ongoing review that included information disclosed during a hearing Sept. 13 in Davidson County Criminal Court.
The review concluded that Mr. Boyd’s admitted actions are clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior expected of our student-athletes.
Charged with a felony accessory after the fact in a campus rape case, Boyd cut a deal with prosecutors last week that gave him a misdemeanor charge that can be wiped from his record in a year. He also has to testify against four ex-teammates.
Four ex-Vanderbilt players are accused of raping an unconscious female student in June. At the hearing last week, deputy district attorney general Tom Thurman said in court that Boyd, Vanderbilt tight end Dillon van der Wal and starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels carried the partially nude woman from a hallway where she had been dumped back into the room of one of the men prosecutors say sexually assaulted her.
Boyd had 50 catches for 774 yards for Vanderiblt last season.
Update: Prosecutors now say Carta-Samuels was “misidentified” as having been on the scene after the attack. According to a spokeswoman for the DA’s Office, “based upon the evidence collected to date, Boyd wrongly identified student Austyn Carta-Samuels as someone who participated in helping move the victim.”