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Jul 12, 2013 11:03 AM EDT

Vanderbilt Football Scandal Update: Radio Host Says One Player 'Allowed' Three Teammates to Rape Girlfriend

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(Photo : Twitter/Vanderbilt Football) Vanderbilt is looking for a second straight nine-win season.

Former Tennessee Volunteer quarterback and current radio host Erik Ainge said on his show that a "reliable" source said one Vanderbilt football player "allowed" his three teammates to rape his girlfriend.

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Earlier this month, the Tennessean reported four Vanderbilt football players had been suspended stemming from an open sex crimes investigation. The reason for their team suspension was a "violation of team rules."

On Wednesday morning, about an hour prior to his show, Ainge tweeted: "I have information on the mess at Vanderbilt that I'm speaking on at 9:30 a.m. on my show. Its pretty bad and its second hand info but reliable."


The Metropolitan Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit has been investigating since late June when the alleged incident took place.

"It is four football players, one of whom had a girlfriend - girlfriend victim," Ainge said on his show Wednesday morning. "The four players, that girl were out, they were drinking."

Ainge included he was not given the names of the players or the victim.

"They went back, boyfriend, Vandy football player, had sex with his girlfriend and then allowed his three drunk teammates with him to also have sex with his girlfriend - and she obviously did not want that to be the case."

Deadspin's Timothy Burke wrote Wednesday morning that Ainge's source matched up with a tip they had already received.

"Ainge's version jibes with a tip we received last week from someone who apparently had seen search-warrant affidavits. The tipster suggested-vaguely-that these were the accusations," Burke wrote.

The alleged incident took place in a Vanderbilt dorm room in late June after the campus police reported it the Metro Police, who sent their sex crimes unit to investigate.

"The well-being of our students is of paramount concern to us, and we will not tolerate any actions that threaten student safety and security," said Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs, in a press release earlier this month.

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