Vanderbilt announced in June that four football players had been dismissed from the team and placed on interim suspension from the University while Nashville Police investigated allegations of a sex crime on campus.
No names were released at the time of the dismissals and Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron told The Associated Press that "this is an open and very much active investigation."
With the investigation ongoing and details scant, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge offered an unsubstantiated account of what may have transpired during his radio show on Tennessee Sports Radio on Wednesday. Before discussing "the mess at Vanderbilt" on his show, Ainge teased the topic on Twitter.
I have information on the mess at Vanderbilt that im speaking on at 930am on my show. Its pretty bad and its second hand info but reliable
— Erik Ainge (@ErikAinge3) July 10, 2013
After making it clear that his information was second hand, Ainge went on to explain a possible account of the events leading to the dismissal of the four players. Ainge did not name the source of his information, the player who had been dismissed or the alleged victim.
“They were out,” Ainge said during his radio show on Wednesday, via CBS Chicago, “they were drinking, they went back, the boyfriend, a Vandy football player, had sex with his girlfriend, 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.”
This anonymously sourced, second hand version of the events being investigated reportedly fit with a tip received by Deadspin.
"Ainge's version jibes with a tip we received last week from someone who apparently had seen search-warrant affidavits," wrote Timothy Burke of Deadspin on Wednesday.
The Sex Crimes Unit of the Metro Nashville Police Department continues to investigate, according to The City Paper.
"Decisions in regard to charges will be made at the appropriate time as warranted by the investigation, which is expected to remain open and active into the near future," police said in a statement on Monday obtained by USA Today.