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.
- 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.”
- U. of Washington to Sell Beer in 'Off-Leash' Deck
by Michael Gaio August 2014
Washington Husky fans are being given a longer leash at home football games this year.
- NCAA (Finally) Issues Punishment Against U. of Miami
by Michael Gaio October 2013
It's been more than two years, but the NCAA finally issued its punishment on the University of Miami following an investigation into the school's athletic department.
- Prep Athlete Plays Designated Driver, Gets Suspended
by Michael Gaio October 2013
A high school volleyball player in Massachusetts has been suspended for five games and stripped of her status as team captain for doing something most of us would consider a good deed.
- Is There a Steroid Problem in Military Fitness Centers?
by John Agoglia September 2013
Like other athletes, the pressure to perform better has some military members turning to performance enhancing drugs.
- 'Keg Race' Led Cornell to Nix Men's Fall Lax Season
by Paul Steinbach September 2013
Monday marked the beginning of National Hazing Prevention Week. The day also brought word that a Cornell University investigation into alleged hazing activity within its men's lacrosse program concluded that upperclassmen had coerced freshmen into drinking beer as part of a "keg race," which resulted in several players vomiting.
- Hazing Leads Skidmore to Cancel Spring Soccer Season
by Paul Steinbach February 2013
Skidmore College officials informed the school's men's soccer team Thursday that its spring schedule had been cancelled following an investigation into an off-campus hazing incident last fall.
- NFL to Players: Pot Now Legal for Some, But Don't Smoke It
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012
Just because recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington - thanks to voters approving constitutional amendments in those states Tuesday - doesn't mean NFL players can smoke it.
- 'Life of an Athlete' Helps Kids Make Smart Choices
by Michael Popke October 2011
On the final Saturday night in September, a group of student-athletes from Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School hosted the first all-school "dry party" - three hours of open gym and swim, inflatable jousting, plenty of pizza and college football on TV in the commons, with members of the football, soccer, volleyball and dance booster clubs donating their time and resources.