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Tennessee HS Basketball Players Charged with Raping, Assaulting Teammate

The basketball goes into the hoop during an NCAA college basketball game between Gonzaga andTennessee, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Seattle. Gonzaga beat Tennessee 86-79. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2015

Three Tennessee high school basketball players were charged Tuesday with raping and assaulting one of their teammates on Dec. 23 while the team was out of town for a tournament.

According to Shamar Walters and Alexander Smith of NBC News, the alleged incident took place in a rental cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and it involved students from Ooltewah High School.

Per David Carroll of WRCB-TV, the freshman victim underwent surgery to treat his injuries and was released from the hospital after an eight-day stay.

While details surrounding the alleged attack have yet to be officially released, an anonymous family member of the victim provided a statement to the Chattanoogan

He was not given a proper exam and collapsed the following day. Once he collapsed, he was taken by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He had to undergo emergency surgery, as his colon and bladder were ruptured. He is still in the hospital recovering at this time.

The family member also told the Chattanoogan the victim was sodomized by a wooden pool stick; however, that hasn't been confirmed.

Carroll reported, citing police, the accused are being held at the Sevier County Juvenile Facility prior to a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

All of them were dismissed from the Ooltewah High School basketball team.

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