NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A former Vanderbilt University quarterback is charged with domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping following allegations he held his girlfriend against her will and beat her up as she tried to leave.
According to affidavits from the Metro Nashville Police Department, Chris Nickson, 24, was arrested after his girlfriend arrived at the Hermitage police precinct on December 31, 2009 with several bruises all over her body, a welt on the side of her face, a swollen lip and cuts on her shoulders.
The victim told detectives she and Nickson had been arguing earlier in the day and when she told Nickson she no longer wanted to be with him, the argument turned physical.
She reported Nickson held her in their home for roughly seven hours, slapped her and hit her on numerous occasions and pushed her to the ground.
At one point, she told police she tried to leave and Nickson drug her back into the house by her hair, according to the affidavit.
She was eventually able to escape and picked up by a passerby and driven to the Hermitage police precinct.
Nickson started at quarterback for Vanderbilt his junior year and part of his senior year. He graduated from the Nashville school in 2008.