The Vanderbilt Commodores may not be what one would call an SEC football powerhouse, but that doesn’t make the university any less immune to negative publicity than a winning program, as they will quickly discover following an out of touch photo that was posted on the football team’s official Twitter page.
The photo was quickly deleted, but it lives on thanks to the internet.
Clearly, the genius who came up with this poster has forgotten the events of just a couple of years ago. Former Vanderbilt tight end Brandon Vandenburg and three other players were charged with aggravated rape and sexual battery, while Vandenburg was also charged with tampering with evidence and unlawful photography.
Allegedly, all four men had sex with an unconscious 21-year-old female student and took pictures.
Vandenburg and a co-defendant, Corey Batey were convicted but released from jail earlier this summer after being granted a mistrial. Be that as it may, this is the type of incident that will leave a black cloud over the Commodores program forever. Rape is a very serious crime and given how the program is still kind of reeling from it, this poster was just the worst case of poor timing in a number of years.
Hopefully, the university finds the individual responsible for posting it and acts accordingly, as this kind of negative publicity is inexcusable at this point.
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