August 20th, 2013 11:45 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Vanderbilt
Tags: DA, Eagle Scouts, Nashville District Attorney, Vandy
The Vanderbilt rape case just gets uglier and uglier by the week. After an initial arrest of four Commodore football players, another player — top receiver Chris Boyd — was charged with attempting to help “cover up” the rape. Nashville police accused Boyd of aiding some of the defendants who had already been indicted.
“Whatever they want, they could have gotten without indicting my son. I don’t know how he gets his name back. He’s 21. I don’t know how someone repairs their integrity and character after this. There is nothing bigger…
We’re holding him together. We’re waiting to find out what the DA wants or needs to satisfy them. All three of my boys are Eagle Scouts, and they have never been in trouble. It goes without saying that they tell the truth, and he did.”
The elder Boyd said his son cooperated with authorities during “two or three meetings.” He will have his first court hearing tomorrow morning.
Vanderbilt suspended Boyd following his arrest.
Depending on the amount of help Boyd provided to his teammates, we could come down on this one in a couple of different ways. While no one should ever attempt to cover up a crime — especially one as heinous as the one four Vandy players are charged with — we realize that a 21-year-old asked by his friends for help might provide it without thinking of all of the potential ramifications.
Obviously, DA Susan Niland will eventually have to prove her case in court (if it gets that far). At that point we’ll know to what extent Boyd is believed to have aided his teammates. If it turns out Niland and the DA’s office brought charges against Boyd in order to force him to be more open about his knowledge of events, that is a rather harsh action. As the young man’s father has noted, his son’s name has now been attached to a rape case. It will be hard for him to put that one in the rearview mirror even if he’s eventually cleared of all charges.
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