'I'm Sorry She's Had To Go Through This': Vanderbilt Football Player Convicted Of Rape Talks To Dr. Phil

| by Karen Eisenberg

Vanderbilt University football player, Cory Batey, 21, and Brandon Vandenburg, 21, were both convicted last month of raping an unconscious young woman.

Four football players allegedly participated in the rape. Brandon E. Bank and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, both 20, await trial.

In the early morning hours of June 23, 2013, the 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the Nashville, Tennessee dorm room of Vandenburg.

Detectives found videos and photos of the incident on the football players’ cell phones. The men are seen cheering while the woman is sexually assaulted with a water bottle, USA Today reports.

Batey claimed he was "drunk out of his mind" when the attack occurred. He recently sat down with Dr. Phil from behind bars to tell his side of the story.  

Obviously emotional and speaking through tears, Batey discussed his father with Dr. Phil, "I would like to think I wouldn't be in this position if he was alive, honestly." His father passed from cancer when Batey was 9 years old.

"I just think a man needs his father at a certain point in life to mold him and discipline him and I think I missed out on that and I kind of had to choose my own direction," Batey said, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Batey, one of 13 siblings, also stated that he regrets embarrassing his mother, "because I knew that's not who she raised and I disappointed her more than anything.”

When discussing the victim, Batey said, "I wished I could take it all back. "

"I wish there’s a button that, that I could just delete everything, but unfortunately there’s not," he added. "And I’m sorry she’s had to go through this... I just hope [her family] can find it in their heart to just forgive me." 

Batey and Vandenburg are both behind bars awaiting formal sentencing, which is set for March 6. 

Sources: USA Today, Daily Mail

Photo: WSMV, Dr. Phil