Saturday, June 29, 2013

Four Vanderbilt Commodores suspended amid sex crimes investigation

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Four members of the Vanderbilt Commodores football team have been suspended by the university as police investigate their involvement in a sex crime that allegedly occurred on the Nashville campus.

"I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation on Wednesday in regard to a matter that was alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory," said Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro police. "Our sex crimes detectives became involved as the result of a notification to us on Wednesday from Vanderbilt University police. The investigation remains very much in progress."

The names and ages of the suspended players have yet to be released.

Vanderbilt held an announcement Friday evening and issued the following statement.

"Vanderbilt University today announced that four members of its football team were suspended earlier this week for violation of team rules," read the announcement. "As additional facts become known, Vanderbilt will take further action, if and as warranted. Because of Vanderbilt's ongoing investigation, the university will offer further comment when appropriate."

Head coach James Franklin did not immediately return messages left on his cell phone.

The Commodores are coming off one of the most successful regular seasons in school history after posting a 9-4 mark in 2012. And their back-to-back bowl appearances in 2011 and '12 marked the first time the program had ever participated in bowl games in consecutive years.


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