While Nashville police have yet to release details of a sex crimes investigation that led to the dismissal of four Vanderbilt football players, allegations are starting to emerge through other channels. Former Volunteers quarterback Erik Ainge disclosed some of those details this morning on his Tennessee Sports Radio program, and they're ugly.
Ainge opted not to reveal any names, saying only that four players were involved and that after a night of drinking one player "allowed" the other three to rape his girlfriend. "They were out," Ainge said, "they were drinking, boyfriend Vandy football player had sex with his girlfriend, then allowed his three teammates with him to also have sex with his girlfriend, and she did not want that to be the case."
The case is being taken seriously enough by authorities, certainly; the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is involved and testing evidence in its crime lab.
Ainge's version jibes with a tip we received last week from someone who apparently had seen search-warrant affidavits. The tipster suggested—vaguely—that these were the accusations. We couldn't get any more details out of the tipster, though. If you have any information, we're always listening at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's the relevant audio from today's program:
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