Attorney says Coach Franklin never saw video of alleged rape - WKRN News 2

Attorney says Coach Franklin never saw video of alleged rape


An attorney representing Vanderbilt University head football coach James Franklin says his client never saw any video of the alleged June 23 rape on campus.

On Monday, Franklin responded to a media report that alleged he had seen the video and advised a football player to delete it from his cell phone.

"It's a very, very serious issue," Franklin said during a news conference. "And I'm not going to waste your time or mine reacting to baseless statements. I'm not going to do it. We've cooperated fully with the university. We've cooperated fully with authorities. And that's really as far as I'm going to go with it."

However, during his statement, Franklin never flat-out denied the allegations.

Franklin has hired Hal Hardin, Nashville attorney and former U.S. Attorney, as a legal adviser on the matter.

Hardin told Nashville's News 2 Wednesday that Franklin never saw the video in question.

Hardin also said there's no indication that Franklin is the target of any police investigation right now.

He did, however, confirm that Franklin personally met with the four players, now accused of rape, to dismiss them from the team before the allegations were made public.

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