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Three Tennessee high school basketball players have been charged with rape and assault in an apparent hazing incident with a freshmen teammate, according to the NY Post.

The Ooltewah High School players were charged Monday; the incident occurred last week at a rental cabin.

Staff at LeConte Medical Center called officers December 23 after a young man who had been assaulted was brought there by his basketball coach. He was then sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where he underwent surgery due to his extensive injuries, noted Fox News.

Jesse Nayadley, the school’s Athletic Director, told the Chattanoogan that the three accused players have been kicked off the team.

The outlet also reported that an unnamed relative of the victim said, “He had to undergo emergency surgery [in Knoxville], as his colon and bladder were ruptured. He is still in the hospital recovering at this time.”

The relative said he is expected to recover within two-three months, but is suffering from nightmares and even thought he’d die as a result of the assault.

All parties are minors and have been charged as juveniles.

SOURCE: NY Post, Fox News, The Chattanoogan | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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