Former Tennessee players accused of assaulting former wide receiver Drae Bowles

A federal lawsuit by six unnamed UT students claims that Tennessee football players twice assaulted former Tennessee wide receiver Drae Bowles.

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A federal lawsuit by six unnamed UT students claims that Tennessee football players twice assaulted former Tennessee wide receiver Drae Bowles, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The lawsuit states that the university and its staff, including Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, athletic director Dave Hart and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, violated Title IX laws and others by taking “deliberately indifferent” actions in regards to several separate cases of alleged rapes involving former Tennessee players.

Bowles assisted the woman who accused former Tennessee players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams of rape by taking her to the hospital following the incident.

He also supported her decision to report the incident to the authorities.

The lawsuit claims that the day after the matter occurred, one of the victims witnessed several football players “jumping” Bowles with football coaches on hand, and a second confrontation between him and several players is said to have taken place in the team facility.

Former Tennessee player Geraldo Orta told Knoxville police, “Bowles had betrayed the team and that where he (Orta) came from, people got shot for doing what Bowles did.”

Bowles gave a testimony that led to the indictment of Johnson and Williams, but he has yet to comment on the filing of the lawsuit.

The Tennessee Journalist will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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Edited by Cody McClure