Former Vandy Players Charged with Rape Plead Not Guilty

Published on 21-Aug-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Former Vandy Players Charged with Rape Plead Not Guilty

Four former Vanderbilt players who were charged with rape pleaded not guilty in a Nashville court today.

The four were accused of raping an unconscious 21-year-old woman in an on-campus dorm this summer.

Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from Indio, California; Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Brandywine, Maryland; and Jaborian McKenzie, 18, from Woodville, Mississippi are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Vandenburg was also charged with one count of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. He still remains in jail.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Chris Boyd, who was suspended for his involvement in this case -- he was charged with being as an accessory after the fact -- also pleaded not guilty.

Boyd's father is upset with the DA charging his son because he had been cooperating with this investigation, which may explain why he hasn't been kicked off the team with the other four players by head coach James Franklin.

The victim, according to some reports, was a girlfriend of one of the players, and the player "allowed" his friends to rape the woman. 

This case proves that even an up-and-coming program like Vanderbilt, an institution with lofty academic standards and normally flies under the radar during football season, is not excluded from having such horrible acts occur on their campus or on their football team.

Happens to the best of them.

Idiocy knows no intellectual bounds.