Prosecutor: Former Vanderbilt player encouraged rape

Prosecutor: Former Vanderbilt player encouraged rape

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 3:18 p.m. ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Prosecutors say a former Vanderbilt football player encouraged his teammates to have sex with an unconscious woman whom he had been dating.

During opening statements Monday in the retrial of Brandon Vandenburg, a prosecutor said the former player even passed out condoms to three teammates before the woman was raped.

But one of Vandenburg's attorneys blamed the three other players, saying that maybe Vandenburg could have stopped the June 2013 attack but he shouldn't be held responsible for what others did to her.

The defense attorney said Vandenburg had been drinking all day, and the 19-year-old new recruit had asked players he didn't know to help him carry the unconscious woman to his dorm. He said the others were on her as soon as they got her in the room.