Tennessee football players allegedly attacked receiver Drae Bowles twice for his involvement in a continuing sexual assault investigation, per public documents published by The Knoxville News Sentinel on Tuesday night.
Bowles, who transferred from Tennessee after the 2014 season to Chattanooga, was reportedly twice assaulted by Vols football players because he allegedly assisted a woman who accused former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive back Michael Williams of rape in November 2014. Johnson and Williams were immediately suspended following the incident. Bowles has received a subpoena to testify, according to the News Sentinel‘s Dustin Dopirak.
According to a federal lawsuit filed by the plaintiffs against the University of Tennessee, Bowles took one of the suit’s victims to the hospital after the alleged incident and supported her decision to report sexual assault allegations to authorities. It was also stated in the lawsuit that Bowles was in an altercation with other football players the day after the alleged incident.
Neither Johnson nor Williams returned to the team after the incident. Bowles was reportedly off the team for academic reasons.