Anchor down, or man overboard?

Shit’s gettin’ real in Nashville, where Chris Boyd entered into a plea deal that will him keep out of jail and perhaps lead to him being reinstated on the football team.  However, there’s a catch.

Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd, 21, of Roswell, Ga., pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of trying to help cover up the June 23 rape of a 21-year-old Vanderbilt student in a dorm room. The plea deal allows Boyd to escape a felony conviction, any time spent in jail and a permanent mark on his record — so long as he testifies against four teammates charged with rape and stays out of trouble for a year.

It sounds like he’s ready to testify against more than just the four who’ve been charged.  And that may have some significant repercussions.

The plea also opened the door to new, disturbing details about the early morning hours of June 23, when prosecutors say four of Boyd’s former teammates raped the student while she was unconscious. Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman said in court that Boyd, Vanderbilt tight end Dillon van der Wal and starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels carried the partially nude woman from a hallway where she had been dumped back into the room of one of the men prosecutors say sexually assaulted her.

Those details drew Vanderbilt University even deeper into the rape case, prompting officials there to address prosecutors’ allegations that their tight end and star quarterback not only had information about the rape, but were actually in the dorm shortly after it happened.

“As of this date, no additional players have been suspended or dismissed from the football team. Vanderbilt is monitoring the criminal process,” wrote Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs, when asked about the inclusion of van der Wal and Carta-Samuels in prosecutors’ account of the rape.

At a minimum, you’ve got to figure there are more suspensions and plea deals coming down the turnpike.  If Franklin can hold things together throughout this, he’s really a helluva coach.  Which is why I sort of have to laugh when I hear the media asking Saban if the Fluker matter is a distraction to his team this week. You want a distraction?  This is a distraction.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble

21 responses to “Anchor down, or man overboard?

  1. Debby Balcer

    Unbelievable it makes your skin crawl.

  2. Dolly Llama

    The “graphic language up ahead” warning at the top of this piece is entirely warranted:

  3. Those stuff will go on when a wannabe likes to SUDDENLY be an exciting top dog. If I were Vanderbilt COMMODES, I will go back to where they where, just a whipping boy of SEC.

  4. The Ghost of Fulmer

    All of Knoxville laughs at Vanderbilt’s puny, ill-practiced, cover up skills, in Knoxville, the girl would have been arrested for trespassing.

  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    I don’t know exactly what, if the story is true, the starting QB should be charged with, but it is hard to imagine he would not be charged with something.

    Apparently, even at Vandy, half-naked drunk girls cause IQ’s to drop precipitously.
    And you are right, Senator, if Franklin manages to keep this team on course through this, he is a helluva coach.

    Here’s hoping Franklin does not decide to move to a school in Atlanta where the opportunity to interact with coeds is somewhat reduced.

  6. I think guys that do that in gangs are gay or very sexually confused. Of course, it could be bad drugs or body enhancing drugs. Drugs are bad….Okay,,,,(South Park)

    • Vandy just like any corrupt institution keeps on playing athletes obviously has some involvement in the incident. Just like in the past, where even a whole town and in this case probably city or state are indirectly complicit if not enabler by allowing 2 players identified as involved still playing in today’s game. Vandy is as dirty as any of the dirtiest program around.

    • Debby Balcer

      Rape has nothing to do with sex or sexuality it is about power.

        • That depends on what your definition of “sex” or sexuality is…What is a four letter word that means intercourse?

          • AthensHomerDawg

            If the unconscious lady could have talked then she might have given CONSENT. Whatever is going on with those that broke the law that is the deal. CONSENT…. she couldn’t & they didn’t ask. I doubt being gay has much to do with rape. Maybe— idk. Neither do you. Falling back on the Bill Clinton “depends on the meaning” shit depreciates your voice. Just a thought. You need to leave that bar girlfriend ……. just sayin’

            • I know you are right. But, I am so sick of this drivel about stuff like this. It was wrong on all sides.
              I like this bar and no one knows who I am here. I need to be away from people right now. I am angry at some folks.

        • Debby Balcer

          Really. Ask any rape counselor.