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Vandy WR Chris Boyd gets probation in connection to rape case

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Faced with up to two years in prison, Vanderbilt’s Chris Boyd has instead reached a deal that will keep him from going behind bars and could result in his return to the Vanderbilt football program.

According to multiple media outlets, the wide receiver struck a plea agreement Friday that saw him plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal intent.  Boyd had originally been charged with felony accessory after the fact.

Boyd has been placed on 11 months and 29 days of probation and, if he successfully completes that nearly year-long probationary period, he will have his record expunged.

Four of Boyd’s former Vandy teammates have been indicted on charges related to the on-campus rape of an unconscious female student.  It’s alleged that one of the four videotaped the sexual assault; the original charge against Boyd was based on the player allegedly erasing the video of the attack.

Boyd was suspended by the football program shortly after his mid-August indictment.  There’s no official word yet from the university as to what if any effect the plea deal will have on Boyd’s future with the team.

Last season, Boyd’s 50 receptions for 774 yards and three touchdowns were third on the team.

Boyd’s plea deal is the second piece of news related to the Vandy rape case to surface over the past 24 hours.  Yesterday, it was reported that Jaborian McKenzie, one of the four charged in the sexual assault, had transferred to Alcorn State and played in the FCS school’s game this past weekend.  Late last night, Alcorn announced that McKenzie had been removed from the football program.

UPDATED 11:24 a.m. ET: Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs Beth Fortune released a statement addressing the development involving Boyd.

“Chris Boyd will remain suspended from the Vanderbilt University football team, pending further review by the university. We have no further comment on the matter at this time.

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9 Responses to “Vandy WR Chris Boyd gets probation in connection to rape case”
  1. thegamecocker says: Sep 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    This is an outrage! I thought Vandy was better than this! This punk has no right being on any college campus, let alone the football team. Alcorn St. is another school that should be ashamed of itself for allowing Jaborian McKenzie to be a student at that school let alone play football! What a disgrace!!! Why not start recruiting at state prisons…they all pump iron and get strong. They’re already mean!!! Perfect for football…..

  2. Anoesis says: Sep 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    This makes Boyd look bad, Vanderbilt worse, and the state of Tennessee horrible.

  3. mrtreyseven says: Sep 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    not saying they were right by any means and if proven guilty they al should be thrown in jail however what if the guys were found to be innocent happened to that Banks kid, took his collegiate career….will you all who commented in outrage recant your statements, calling these guys criminals and non deserving to be in school without proper trial is a stretch innocent until proven guilty doesn’t apply in certain cases to certain people….your guilty until proven innocent….by the time they are proven innocent their whole reputation is ruined….can’t take back time taken away from someone just saying

  4. hoffenstein14 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:34 PM

    There is much more to this than the fact that he just deleted a video that was sent to him. He showed up and helped move the girl who was passed out and still mostly nude. He also guided others to delete the photos and video. He is trash and should never see the football field again.

  5. seanb20124 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:29 PM

    Reminds me of the Eric Frimpong case at UCSB. Too much alcohol consumed

  6. pricecube says: Sep 13, 2013 6:55 PM

    accessory after the fact…

  7. paulhargis53 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:42 PM

    smallcocker is a lis racist. That is all.

  8. paulhargis53 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:43 PM

    *pos

  9. VandyEng says: Sep 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    I am just disgusted with my alma mater for letting this man continue to have any association with Vanderbilt. Just disgusted.

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