Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
Jury: Vanderbilt Rape Defendants Guilty on All Charges
by Michael Gaio January 2015
Two former Vanderbilt football players who once had promising futures are now convicted rapists. A Nashville jury found Brandon Vandenburg, 21, of Indio, Calif. and Cory Batey, 21, of Nashville guilty of a total of 16 felony charges after raping an unconscious former student in a Vanderbilt dorm on June 23, 2013. Two other defendants, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, who are also former Vanderbilt football players, are also accused in the case. They are awaiting trial.
Prep Parent Tailgating Prompts Alcohol, Tobacco Ban
by Shannon Hall firstname.lastname@example.org 812-464-7624 January 2015
The Warrick County School Corp. wants to spread the word that alcohol and tobacco will no longer be tolerated on its properties.
U. of New England AD Resigned Days After OUI Arrest
by Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer January 2015
Kimberly J. Allen, who resigned as athletic director at the University of New England earlier this week, was arrested early Monday in Westbrook and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.
Boston Marathon Joins Global Fight Against PEDs
by JOHN CONNOLLY January 2015
The Boston Marathon and the five other members of the World Marathon Majors group have agreed to financially support a new testing facility in East Africa that will help the sport in its fight against performance-enhancing drugs.
Oregon Loses Two Football Players to Positive Drug Tests
by Associated Press January 2015
Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde will not play in tonight's national championship game after positive NCAA drug tests, coach Mark Helfrich said Saturday.
Liquor License Keeps Stadium Authority Together For Now
by RICK WILLS January 2015
Butler's stadium authority is unlikely to disband as fast as its members intended when they voted to do so last month. The authority runs Kelly Automotive Park, home of the minor league Butler BlueSox baseball team, and owns a liquor license it can neither sell nor transfer.
Titans OL Gets Year of Probation for Attack on OSU Fan
by From staff and wire reports December 2014
Tennessee Titans rookie offensive lineman Taylor Lewan was sentenced to 12 months of probation for his role in a drunken confrontation with an Ohio State fan a year ago.
Ex-Youth Football Coach Admits Role in Cocaine Ring
by Phil Fairbanks; News Staff Reporter November 2014
A lot of people knew Eric J. Humphrey as a coach and role model for the teenage boys on his Pop Warner football team. What they didn't know was that Humphrey was also part of a cocaine ring.
New Report: More OSU Band Lewdness, Lax Oversight
by Collin Binkley, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH November 2014
Ohio State University failed for decades to rein in its marching band and eliminate widespread alcohol abuse and sexual harassment, according to a follow-up investigation of the group that also uncovered some new instances of inappropriate and lewd behavior within the band.
Halloween Parties Lead to Suspension of 45 Athletes
by Emily Attwood November 2014
The winter sports season is off to a bad start — and the fall season a bad finish — at Tahoma High School in Covington, Wash., where 45 student-athletes have been suspended from playing sports after attending Halloween parties where drugs and alcohol were present.
Police responding to a noise complaint discovered one of the parties. According to the King County sheriff's office, dozens of students were present, including many in school letter jackets. Those involved in the parties included 14 football players, four girls’ soccer players, two boys’ soccer players, two softball players, four wrestlers, seven baseball players and 12 cheerleaders.
According to a letter sent to parents, “Student-athletes who attended the parties will forfeit a portion of their athletic season, including any athlete whose team is currently involved in post-season play. The investigation to determine whether additional students attended the parties is continuing.”
Suspensions for those involved will range from one quarter to one half of the sports season, with those student-athletes not currently in season serving their suspension when the season begins.
"Our student-athletes are well aware of the Tahoma School District Athletic Code and the consequences of these poor choices,” said principal Terry Duty. “We hope this will be a lifelong lesson for our entire school, both those who choose to attend the parties and those who elect to do the right thing and not attend."
Officials are also investigating alleged threats made online against students who reported the parties to authorities. "School officials also are aware of negative comments on social media that name individuals or groups of students and blame them for reporting the parties to school authorities,” read the letter to parents. “School officials take all threats seriously and are investigating any threatening language directed at students or staff. Appropriate disciplinary actions have and will continue to be sanctioned.”