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Tennessee football players accused of assaulting teammate who helped rape victim

You’re looking at former Tennessee wide receiver Drae Bowles, who may be one of my new favorite people on Earth. According to a federal lawsuit filed by six unnamed UT female students — five of which are alleged rape victims — Bowles was confronted and assaulted by his Tennessee teammates in 2014 for helping a woman who accused the players — A.J. Johnson and Mike Williams — of rape.

From The Tennessean:

Bowles took the woman to a hospital on the night of the alleged rape in November 2014 and supported her decision to report the incident to authorities, according to the lawsuit.

While the woman, a student-athlete, was meeting with executive senior associate athletics director Jon Gilbert, senior associate athletics director Mike Ward and her coach, she received a message from her roommate “who was witnessing at that moment several football players jumping” Bowles, the lawsuit says. The woman informed the athletics officials of the incident and was told they would “look into it,” according to the suit. The lawsuit says “athletic coaches were present during that altercation.”

Days later, the woman learned that Bowles was assaulted a second time at the team facility by the same players, the lawsuit says. She reported the second assault to university administrators as well.

Bowles has since transferred to UT-Chattanooga, a decision the lawsuit claims he made after being victimized by his teammates. The plaintiffs argue that the incident with Bowles is just one of many that have contributed to a “hostile sexual environment” at UT, one which chancellor Jimmy Cheek, AD Dave Hart, and Butch Jones have failed to address. The lawsuit also claims that former UT linebacker Curt Maggitt admitted to police that the second assault on Bowles took place, adding more smoke to this fire. Williams and Johnson face separate trials set to begin this summer, for which Bowles has reportedly received a subpoena to testify.

All in all, a terrible look for the Tennessee football program. To read more details, check out The Tennessean.

[The Tennessean]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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25 Comments for Tennessee football players accused of assaulting teammate who helped rape victim



  1. RealCatsFan
    1:05 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    Sounds like a few UT football players have been getting plenty of practice for their incarceration – they won’t even have to change their colors!



  2. UKFaninNY
    1:06 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    “A terrible look?”

    FU – This is worse than a terrible effin’ look – A terrible “look” is the appearance that admin did nothing – This is a lot worse than that …

    Stop minimizing stuff like this



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      1:10 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      How am I minimizing it? I posted it on our site and said it’s sickening.



    • UKFaninNY
      3:42 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      If someone was murdered, would you say it was a “terrible look?”

      Either you have no idea how to use the word “look” in this instance or your minimizing it – I assume it’s the latter since you’re taking issue with my statement



    • J-Dub421
      3:58 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      NY why don’t you spend some time criticizing Tennessee instead of Mrs. Tyler?



    • MiggityMike
      5:36 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      I would say it has a terrible “look” since none of it has gone to trial and/or is still under investigation. We’re just hearing charges and snipits of investigations as of now, so on the surface it “looks” terrible.



  3. Catsby80
    1:09 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    You know, I really don’t understand what is going on with athletes these days. It is all too often you hear about professional athletes abusing, raping, and beating on women and now here we have another case at a university… I don’t understand how it is so difficult for people to keep their hands off of women.. It is like they think they are invincible and the rules do not apply.. What they don’t realize is that because they are on a large stage, they are under an even larger microscope.. Hope the guys who raped these women get what they deserve… Also hope that this guy excels at UT-Chattanooga.



    • STLouisBBFan
      4:15 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      While I’d like to say it stems solely from the breakdown of families, a lack of good role models, and the influence of certain musicians/stars/athletes who glorify such violent behavior whether directed at women, cops, or everyday citizens, this behavior is not so limited. I believe there was a UK fraternity kicked off campus for spiking drinks with date rape drugs – not really any better and indicative of some serious societal issues. One of the many positive things about Cal is that he seems to be able to recruit players that are able to avoid these issues – through his guidance, their strong families, or however.



  4. Dusten
    1:13 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, what a guy. It’s a shame that one man finally does the right thing and then a GROUP of men physically retaliate… TWICE. This makes me very sad, but I’m really proud of Bowles and I hope he continues to hold these people accountable in court.



  5. Red headed Stepchild
    1:16 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    UT is as bad as UofL.

    Tennessee had a Softball player transfer to Uof L this season after the UT softball coach kicked her off the team for beating her boyfriend. Of course second Chance U offered for her to come play for the Dirty Birds. Tennessee covered up the softball players actions, but this story has too many witnesses to sweep under the rug.

    Mr. Bowles has a great soul and I hope Knoxville treats him like the GREAT AMERICAN that he is, He deserves praise. THANKS Mr. Bowles!!!!!



    • david8577
      2:29 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      Look, UT is bad, really bad, but it is no where near the societal disgrace that is UofL athletics.



    • STLouisBBFan
      4:16 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      david, they are actually in the same morass. There are not different levels.



  6. BK
    1:16 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    It is unbelievably pathetic that such behavior continues to persist on college campuses and in athletic programs around the country. If you are a father please make sure your sons understand that this type of behavior is totally unacceptable, and if you are not a father please consider getting out into the community to get involved with big brothers or some similar program-it makes a huge life-long difference.



  7. doobie brother
    1:26 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    1. If these former players are guilty, I hope they get the book thrown at them. 2. If Cheek, Hart, and Jones knew about these assaults and failed to take action, I hope they face the appropriate consequences. When will administrators learn you shouldn’t and can’t sweep these matters under the rug? It’s unfair most importantly to the victim(s), but also to those associated with the university.



  8. secrick
    1:44 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    I agree with catsby80, what the hell is going on. Is everyone cheating, stealing, raping and flat out doing anything they can to win. These kids are spoiled to death, we just witnessed an NFL quarterback act like a child and a lot of that had to do with he was allowed to do any thing he wanted in college and get away with it. Come on parents, coaches and fans step up and do the right thing.



    • The Professor
      5:07 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      Somehow in your mind, you were able to connect dots from Newton not reacting to losing, the biggest game of his life, the way you thought he should, to young men raping women, gang assaulting a teammate and a university administration and coaching staff covering up such incidents. Sure perhaps he could have handled it better but it is shameful to link him to the Tennessee scandal. There is no commonality to be found!



  9. J-Dub421
    1:47 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, this whole situation is vile.



    • CPACAT
      3:33 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

      You mean ‘Ville, right:)



  10. nybrasky
    1:56 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    That’s what happens when you essentially recruit from gangs and have white collar thugs running the place. New coaches, same old UT.

    I forget what website had the Fulmer Bowl to keep track of most arrests in college football, and so named because UT was almost always at the top.



  11. KTower
    1:58 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    Business as usual at Tennessee



  12. BlueFrank
    3:37 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    If you believe the new, every woman gets raped in college.



    • WillySpankit
      5:28 am February 11, 2016 Permalink

      Seriously, if you really think that way, f*** you. Like really, you are a piece of sh** if you honest to God believe what you just said. I sincerely hope that nothing like this ever happens to anyone you love. By turning a blind eye, you are part of the problem.



  13. 2thepoint
    3:40 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    Yes, UL is bad, but UT has been really bad for many, many years and they don’t get hit with sanctions on the football side. The professor that exposed them for academic fraud was threatened to be killed. That was before social media copycats became a problem. Airwaves are brutal after a loss in football.



  14. blueballs80
    4:07 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    Bad publicity for UT and good for that young man to stand up. Butch Jones has a lot to answer too.



  15. UoKFB PHAN
    10:25 pm February 10, 2016 Permalink

    I just Googled Mr. Bowles. It turns out he made the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll, was rated a four star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. It sounds like the young man has brains and football talent to go along with character.