- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2013

Four former Vanderbilt football players have been charged on five counts of aggravated rape each of an unconscious 21-year-old woman at a campus dormitory on June 23.

Safety Cory Batey, 19 of Nashville, Tenn.; defensive back Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.; and tight end Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif., also have been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery. McKenzie was booked and released Saturday on $50,000 bond, The Associated Press reported.

On June 29, the university barred the players from the campus. Vice Chancellor Beth Fortune said Friday that their first thoughts are for the victim, who is a Vanderbilt student, the AP said.

“We are shocked and saddened by the allegations that such an assault has taken place on our campus and that they include members of our football team,” Ms. Fortune said in a statement.

“The charges brought today against the four former Vanderbilt football players allege conduct which is abhorrent and will never be tolerated. We will review our athletics program to be sure that it, like all other programs at the university, reflects our culture of community and respect for others and that our student athletes are held to the same high standards of conduct as all our students.”

Vanderbilt did not identify the four players until July 15 before the Commodores headed to Alabama for Southeastern Conference Media Days, the AP reported.

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