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Vanderbilt Wide Receiver Chris Boyd Indicted In Rape Case, Suspended From Team

gavel-scalesVanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd was one of three additional people indicted Friday in connection with the rape of a 21-year old woman this summer.

The 21-year old Boyd was charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact. According to a press release, he is “essentially accused of taking part in an attempted cover up of the sexual assault through his advice to certain defendants who were indicted last week. “ He was suspended from the football team. The other men indicted Friday were high school friends and teammates of Brandon Vandenburg, one of the four former Vanderbilt players charged with multiple counts of rape.

Metro Nashville Police Steve Anderson said Friday: “We are looking at all persons who may have been involved in this event, before, during and after the fact. Additional charges cannot be ruled out.”

Boyd is a junior wide receiver with 81 career receptions for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught 50 passes for 774 yards and  five touchdowns last year.

All charges in the case stem from a rape of an unconscious woman in a Vanderbilt dormitory back on June 23.

Update: Boyd turned himself in to police this morning.

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WOW Headlines – 7/16/13

Vanderbilt has finally named the four players dismissed from its football team for their involvement in an alleged sexual assault…
Brandon Banks, Corey Baty, Jaborian McKenzie, and Brandon Vandenburg were dismissed for a violation of Vandy’s team rules on June 29th
SEC Media Days begins on Tuesday with Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss and South Carolina will take turns with the media in Birmingham on Day One
Kentucky RB Josh Clemons will miss the entire 2013 season due to an Achilles’ tendon injury
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has reportedly apologized to his coaches for leaving the Manning Passing Academy early
Follow the SEC and this week’s Media Days at MrSEC.com and twitter.com/mrsec

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Vanderbilt Releases Names Of Four Players Kicked Off Team

mrsec-breaking-newsThe names of four Vanderbilt football players booted from the team following a sex-crimes investigation have been released by the school.

Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg will not be a part of the 2013 roster, based on a violation of team rules as announced on June 29.  According to The Tennessean, the four have never played for Vanderbilt.  Three of them were freshmen in 2012 and the fourth, Vanderburg, was transferring from a junior college.

Vanderbilt also released this statement from coach James Franklin.

 

For student athletes at Vanderbilt, it is a privilege, not a right, to be a part of the program. My coaching staff and I make sure every member of our team understands that. We insist on high standards of personal responsibility and integrity, and there are consequences when those standards are not met. 

“In dealing with this matter, the Commodores football team will continue to hold itself to the same high standards of responsibility and integrity Vanderbilt demands of all of our students. 

“We are cooperating fully with the Nashville Police Department and have pledged not to say or do anything that could interfere with its work or compromise the rights of anyone involved. We have not prejudged anyone’s guilt or innocence.” 

 

Police have been investigating an incident at a Vanderbilt dormitory on June 26.  No arrests have been made.

 

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