There is some bad news for the Vanderbilt Commodores football program that surfaced today. According to multiple reports, four football players have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules while the university awaits the investigation. Vanderbilt confirmed the news, but the names of the players are yet to be announced.
The university released a very vague statement on the issue on Friday afternoon:
Vanderbilt University today announced that four members of its football team were suspended earlier this week for violation of team rules. 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.
According to The Tennessean, the players are in the center of a reported “sex crimes investigation:
“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.”
This certainly doesn’t appear to be a good situation, but there are a lot of details left to be uncovered.
We will update you on situation as more information becomes available.