Three High School Basketball Players Charged with Rape After Allegedly Injuring 15-Year-Old Teammate with Pool Cue

The 15-year-old had to undergo emergency surgery to repair his colon and bladder

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Three Ooltewah High School basketball players have been charged with aggravated rape and assault in the alleged hazing of a 15-year-old teammate, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, police confirm to PEOPLE.

The three players, who are not being named because they are juveniles, allegedly sodomized the freshman victim with a wooden pool cue, a family member told The Chattanoogan. The pool cue punctured the teen’s colon and the tip of the stick broke off inside his bladder, according to The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The 15-year-old was initially taken to Leconte Medical Center by his basketball coach, where he was treated and released, a police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE. However, he was later taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville for emergency surgery.

“Once he collapsed, he was taken by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville,” the family member said. “He had to undergo emergency surgery, as his colon and bladder were ruptured. He is still in the hospital recovering at this time.”

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The relative said the teen has been having nightmares since the incident, which took place on Dec. 22 in the basement of a cabin in Gatlinburg that the team was renting while it participated in the Smoky Mountain Classic basketball tournament.

“He has stated that he thought that he was going to die as a result of the assault,” the family member said.

The three players accused in the assault have since been kicked off the team. They are currently being held at the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Facility and have not yet entered pleas to the charges against them.

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