By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the Tennessean, the Vanderbilt Commodores broke their own sexual assault policy to benefit a player. A player, who had been expelled for sexual assault, was welcomed back on campus to try out in front of NFL scouts.
The problem? He was by his accuser. The female student equipment manager was reportedly moved to a different building, while the former player worked out during the 2019 Pro Day, months after he had been dismissed from the institution.
The Tennessean obtained documents that showed that Charles Wright was expelled from the school on Oct. 25, 2018. However, he was allowed to remain on the campus and roster through an appeals process that lasted past the 2018 season and his graduation.
He was expelled because he had violated the Vanderbilt’s sexual misconduct policy. However, he was never criminally charged with sexual assault due in part because of ‘insufficient evidence,’ Nashville District Attorney Michel Bottoms said in a summary findings, which was obtained by the Tennessean.
The DA’s office thought the sex was consensual, according to the findings.
“Based on the foregoing, I would not recommend this case for prosecution,” Bottoms continued. “Should additional evidence become available, however, this matter may be revisited.”
This incident followed a rape trial that featured four Commodores players, who were charged in 2013 with raping an unconscious student in a dorm room on campus. Three of the individuals were convicted of aggravated rape, while one individual pled guilty to facilitation of aggravated rape.
Princine Lewis, the Vanderbilt spokesperson, claimed that Wright should not have been included in the Pro Day and called it ‘inappropriate.’ The spokesperson also claimed that the university policies were not being ‘adequately communicated.’
“I can say with the utmost confidence that sexual assault and sexual misconduct are not issues we ignore,” Vanderbilt Athletic Director Candice Lee. “My commitment and that of our coaches, staff and student-athletes to addressing these issues is as firm as ever.”
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