NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dr. Phil McGraw was in Nashville Tuesday interviewing former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey one week after he was found guilty of raping an unconscious female student in a campus dorm room.
Batey was convicted alongside Brandon Vandenburg in the June 2013 rape of Vandenburg’s then-girlfriend.
In a portion of the interview obtained by News 2 Friday, Dr. Phil asks Batey about his relationship with Vandenburg. Batey says he did not know him even though they were both on Vanderbilt’s football team.
DR. PHIL: Did you know Vandenberg?
BATEY: No, sir.
DR. PHIL: You didn’t know him before this night?
BATEY: I knew of him, but I didn’t know what his character was like.
DR. PHIL: How did he know that I can go find some defenseless young woman that’s completely unconscious bring her back to the dorm, and expect to get with some guys, strip her down and violate her. How did he know that that was gonna be acceptable and okay?
BATEY: I don’t know where he learned that from.
DR. PHIL: He was right. How did he know that?
BATEY: I don’t know. Like he ran with a different group of people that I ran with I don’t know what they do, but me and my group of friends that was not what we did.
DR. PHIL: Apparently, that is what you did. It’s what you did that night. We know, based on video evidence, within two minutes you’re taking her clothes off and violating her, You didn’t even know him?
BATEY: I didn’t know him, as far as character, I had no idea.
DR. PHIL: What do you think of his character now?
BATEY: Honestly, I think he’s a good kid.
You can watch Batey’s complete interview on “Dr. Phil” Monday at 3 p.m. on News 2.
Batey and Vandenburg are scheduled to be sentenced on March 6. They face a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Vandenburg’s attorneys have said they plan to file a mistrial motion because the jury foreman did not disclose that he was a victim of sexual assault during the selection process.
Two other former teammates, Brandon Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, are also charged in the case and are awaiting trial.