Former UT QB Ainge makes Vanderbilt sex crime allegations on radio show

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:03pm

Amid the ongoing investigation of an alleged sexual assault involving four Vanderbilt football players, former University of Tennessee quarterback Eric Ainge stepped into the fray with comments regarding the incident on his Wednesday morning radio show.

Ainge, whose self-titled show airs on weekdays from 7 to 11 a.m. on Tennessee Sports Radio out of Knoxville, made unconfirmed allegations about how the incident occurred. He revealed no names in his comments. The City Paper has chosen not to repeat the unsubstantiated allegations.

After making the allegations, Ainge said, “As a father with a daughter, I’d have to walk myself to the local police department and say cuff me and arrest me and let me calm down. Get a shrink in here, get somebody in here, get my wife in here. I don’t know what I’d do.”

The names of the Vanderbilt football players thought to be involved in the incident, which occurred on June 23, have not been disclosed. The university, however, dismissed the players from the football team and placed them on interim suspension from school.

The Sex Crimes Unit of the Metro Nashville Police Department continues to investigate the matter.

19 Comments on this post:

By: La-La on 7/10/13 at 12:36

As a former UT football player, you have no creditability. Stick with what you, which at this point, I have no idea what you know or don't know. Deal with UT's problems. Not Vandy's.

By: freddy on 7/10/13 at 2:02

This is a pretty poor excuse for an article. To paraphrase -- "Someone said something about something, but we're not going to tell you what it was."
Gee, City Paper, that was certainly some kick-ass reporting. I'm sure the news outlets all over the country are dying to run with it.

By: freddy on 7/10/13 at 2:24

Okay, all the other news outlets are carrying the story and actually reporting what Ainge said. Maybe the City Paper thinks it's only readers are middle-school kids.

By: JeffF on 7/10/13 at 3:04

The embargo of information from otherwise strong media outlets has been eerie. Is there another school or organization capable to scaring off the press from a story like Vanderbilt has done here?

Vanderbilt must have the largest collection of reporter and goat pictures in the world.

At any other school the press would have had these names, published them, then sat back while Vandy fans through out their tired, gloating "thug" and "some people should not be in school" lines on internet message boards. Suddenly when a Vandy student manages to screw up enough to reach the sunlight it becomes unfair?

It was good to see somebody in the press went back and noticed the 9 Commodore arrests in 2011 and 2012. Maybe we have reached an era where Vandy fans learn that their kids are just as prone to stupid as those at every other school?

By: 10scvol on 7/10/13 at 5:13

Here is a link to hear exactly what Ainge said:

By: courier37027 on 7/10/13 at 6:57

I guess idiot radio host is the next career step up from beer bottles and golf balls thrower.

By: joe41 on 7/10/13 at 7:23

Why is this news?


By: amyinsparta on 7/10/13 at 7:30

"It was good to see somebody in the press went back and noticed the 9 Commodore arrests in 2011 and 2012. Maybe we have reached an era where Vandy fans learn that their kids are just as prone to stupid as those at every other school?"

Likely what will happen is that the parents and the kids will say the girl actually wanted to be raped. I mean, it isn't news that a lot of people, mostly men I would say, think whatever happens in regard to sex is the fault of the woman.

By: KaeWor on 7/10/13 at 8:21

No one is putting any stock into Eric Ainge's comments. These (alleged) dirtbags will be tried based on evidence, not on the speculation of a washed up narcissistic quarterback. Go pop some more Vicodin, Eric and shut your trap. Your radio career will be only slightly longer than your NFL career.

By: courier37027 on 7/10/13 at 8:41

Correcting myself, apologies to Ainge. I incorrectly and confused Ainge's alleged bottle tossing episode with fellow dimwit Tyler Bray.

By: jonw on 7/11/13 at 9:20

Ainge, on his Tennessee Sports Radio show, claims he has a reliable source telling him that a player on the Commodores’ football team allowed three of his teammates to rape
his girlfriend. He also said that the woman “obviously did not want that to be the case.”

By: damons on 7/11/13 at 9:24

Who let Ainge have his own radio show? Are they that hard up to hire someone? I believe everything he says. NOT!

By: rldavenport@com... on 7/11/13 at 10:14

I've heard him on the radio before. There's no question he has an agenda against Vanderbilt. These four players were appropriately dealt with. Ainge does need to look at himself in the mirror.

By: wiseguy1 on 7/11/13 at 10:45

As a former UT player, radio host or not, Ainge is not alone with an axe to grind with VU becasue of the litle bit of success in football. Until Metro Police are done with the investigation, the news moratorium is appropriate so we avoid a repeat of the Duke lacrosse rush to judgement debacle. Let the facts come out, but that doesn't sell many newspapers.

Kinda funny to hear any former UT player carrying on about about player conduct. Remember the days of "You can't spell thug without UT"?

By: joe41 on 7/11/13 at 10:49

I don't think that Ainge has any inside information and I would wait to hear the info from reliable sources. Ainge is not a reliable source.

By: wiseguy1 on 7/11/13 at 10:50

Ainge strikes me as the kind of guy that would get mad about the neighbor's dog following him on his morning run. What he fails to mention is the pork chop in his back pocket.

By: foxman on 7/11/13 at 10:34

I know 2 things. 1. Ainge owned Candy as a player & 2. Candy's new slogan is "Yanker Down"...

By: govskeptic on 7/12/13 at 7:50

So, it's decided to write a pointless story about the Vol Radio Network via a no
information otherwise on what took place at Vandy. It wouldn't surprise me one
little bit that they know more in Knoxville about what happened than in Nashville.

By: Specter47 on 7/17/13 at 8:29

The Vol "investigative staff" knows more than they are letting on. They are showing great restraint. Ainge said what he said just to piss you Vanderbilt apologists off. After all, it's unheard of that Vandy players would do ANYTHING wrong. Gimme a break! This proves that they are human beings, not the gods of the campus that Vanderbilt wants to make them out to be.