The Vanderbilt rape case gets worse the more we learn about it.
Taking the stand in a Nashville court today, former Commodore wideout Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie accused former teammate Brandon Vandenburg of initiating the alleged June 2013 sexual assault that left four ex-Vanderbilt players, Cory Batey and Brandon Banks are the two others, accused of rape.
McKenzie said that Vandenburg encouraged his teammates to assault an incapacitated woman in his dorm room, passing out condoms and even attempting to wake an unnamed, sleeping roommate. “He was like amped, demanding,” McKenzie said, according to the Associated Press. “He was hyper, like he was coaching us to do whatever.”
Prosecutors produced a number of still images and videos of the group committing various assaults on the woman. McKenzie admitted to taking pictures of the attack. He also said that Vandenburg, the alleged ringleader of the assault, did not touch the woman. McKenzie said all four men had been drinking.
McKenzie said he was close with Batey and Banks, but that the group barely knew Vandenburg. “We was like brothers,” McKenzie said, according to the Tennessean.
Following his dismissal from the Vanderbilt program, McKenzie briefly joined the Alcorn State roster before the school did an about face a day later.