Vanderbilt AD issues statement on sexual assault accusations against current, former Commodore football players
On Saturday, two women shared separate sexual assault accusations against Vanderbilt football players. One woman accused former Commodore running back and current Tennessee Titan Khari Blasingame of a 2016 rape while another woman recounted current VU defensive back Randall Haynie making forcing himself on her and making unwanted sexual contact. In addition, while reporting on the accusations Vandy247 learned of a former player being dismissed in 2019 for a 2018 rape which was investigated by the Title IX office.
On Sunday, Vanderbilt AD Candice Storey Lee issued a statement, posted to Twitter over 9 tweets. She shared that the accusations will be taken seriously and handled by the university’s Title IX and student accountability offices:
“I am aware of the reports made about current and former Vanderbilt student-athletes, and I am heartbroken to hear them. To any individual who has endured the trauma of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, you have my full support and my assurance that Vanderbilt Athletics does not condone or tolerate such behavior. As a former student-athlete myself and someone who has dedicated herself to this university, I have no greater duty than making sure that all of the young people who come through Vanderbilt stay as safe and healthy as possible, and are able to succeed.
“To be clear, we take any and all allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct with the utmost seriousness. As is the case for any Vanderbilt student, these allegations are handled by our Title IX and student accountability offices and we fully respect their process and the outcomes of their reviews and decisions. We are committed to following that process, which is designed to be thorough and fair to all students.
“We continue to clearly communicate our values and expectations to our student-athletes, educate them, and we take immediate and decisive action if conduct is determined to be inconsistent with our requirements. Further, individuals found to have violated Vanderbilt’s Sexual Misconduct Policy are held accountable. I can say with the utmost confidence that sexual assault and sexual misconduct are not issues we ignore. My commitment and that of our coaches, staff and student-athletes to addressing these issues is as firm as ever.”
Blasingame’s agent addressed the accusation saying the allegation is false and the two had a consensual relationship while he was in college.