Vanderbilt University has banned student athletes from a popular Midtown bar.Tin Roof on Demonbreun Street was cited in court documents Friday in relation to the criminal case against several student athletes involved in the alleged rape of an unconscious 21-year-old student.The documents revealed that 20-year-old Brandon Vandenburg was at the bar with the victim prior to the June 23 sexual assault at Vanderbilt's Gillette Dormitory.Vandenburg, along with three other student athletes, was suspended from the school and dismissed from the football team after allegations of the rape emerged.
Vanderbilt's athletic director, David Williams, banned student athletes from the bar in a letter dated July 17, 2013, three weeks after the suspected crime.
In an interview with the Tennessean, Williams said he heard the bar was giving away free drinks and accepting fake IDs, which is not only illegal, but possibly violates an NCAA rule.The rule prohibits student athletes from accepting anything of value given to them because of their status as athletes.Williams also stated the ban is unrelated to the rape case.
As for Tin Roof, the owner told the newspaper that the bar does not give away free drinks or knowingly serve minors. The owner added he feels the bar has been unfairly targeted.
Police say Tin Roof has no more problems than any other bar in the area. Demonbreun Street is a popular hangout for college students and Tin Roof has been a hotspot for years.
The information regarding Vandenburg's attendance at the bar surfaced during a hearing for Chris Boyd Friday.
Boyd, a wide receiver suspended from Vanderbilt's football team, entered a conditional guilty plea after being charged with attempting to cover up the sexual assault.
He received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence for criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor. If he completes probation, his record will be cleared.
As part of the deal, Boyd must also testify against Vandenburg, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, Brandon Banks and Cory Batey.
Each of the four men faces five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. They are scheduled to be in court Wednesday, October 16.
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