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Vanderbilt’s second-leading WR indicted in sex crimes case

Marsalis Teague, Chris Boyd AP

As of earlier this month, four former Vanderbilt players had been charged in an alleged sexual assault case that took place in a campus dorm earlier this summer. Those four ex-Commodores — Brandon Banks, 19; Cory Batey, 19; Jaborian ‘Tip’ McKenzie, 18; and Brandon Vandenburg, 20 — are now joined by their former teammate, wide receiver Chris Boyd.

According to the Nashville Tennessean, Boyd is one of three new people to be indicted in the case. He has reportedly been charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact, with the paper clarifying that Boyd 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.”

Boyd is expected to turn himself in, and his bond has been set at $25,000.

The two other men connected to the incident are not part of the football team. Rather, they are from California and said to be acquaintances of Vandenburg. They are charged with one felony count each of tampering with evidence.

A junior, Boyd is Vanderbilt’s second-leading returning wide receiver. He caught 50 passes for 774 yards and five touchdowns last season. Vanderbilt has suspended Boyd indefinitely pending further review.

The four ex-Vanderbilt players have been charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery each. Banks, Batey and McKenzie have each been released from jail on bond while Vandenburg remains behind bars. McKenzie has also pleaded not guilty and waived his right to arraignment. The other three face arraignment on Aug. 21.

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7 Responses to “Vanderbilt’s second-leading WR indicted in sex crimes case”
  1. coolhorn46 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:41 PM

    Vandy would have been the last school I’d pick to be “Jailbreak U” in the SEC. Their head coach was becoming an attractive target for bigger and better openings…now? Probably no so much. They might be the first school to employ a staff parole officer. I’m betting Cornelius would turn over in his grave if he knew what was going on.

  2. floridacock says: Aug 16, 2013 5:57 PM

    Seems it can happen anywhere

  3. deadeye says: Aug 16, 2013 6:03 PM

    When a college football program goes from perennial doormat to contender, the criminal player element is usually part of the reason. Now we know how Vandy did it.

  4. seanb20124 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:14 PM

    What advice did he give, hire an atty. and don’t talk to the cops? That is very sound advice

  5. tttrojan4life says: Aug 17, 2013 1:56 AM

    Choir boys don’t win football games.

  6. dcroz says: Aug 17, 2013 8:49 AM


    So how exactly does one define “the criminal player element” in terms of recruiting? Do you know anything about the backgrounds of the players who stand accused? Rape occurs all across the socioeconomic spectrum, not just among those I suspect are the ones who you really have in mind.

  7. noaxetogrind says: Aug 17, 2013 2:36 PM

    @ tttrojan, I am always amused when folks such as you say this kind of stuff. There is no inverse correlation between character and the ability to play football at a high level. I could give you a long list of All American players who in fact actually were choir boys……Archie Griffin, Danny Wuerfell, Tim Tebow, Reggie White, Sam Bradford, Mike Singletary and list goes on and on. In fact most coaches wish they had more players of high character on their teams. The problem isn’t that they recruit players of questionable character on purpose in order to have a better team. The problem is that society in general has fewer and fewer people of character and football unfortunately is played by members of society. Throw in our hero worship culture and the situation is exacerbated even further. Certainly entitled to your opinion, I just wouldn’t want people left with the impression that you have to be a thug to be intense, passionate and good at playing football.

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