A 20-year-old UT Student from Memphis who was hospitalized in critical condition after an alcohol enema at a University of Tennessee fraternity house Saturday, Sept. 22 now denies he had a “wine enema.” He said he was playing a “drinking game” at the frat house.
Alexander “Xander” Broughton was unresponsive and in critical condition when he was left at the UT Medical Center Emergency Room just before 1:30 a.m., Saturday.
Knoxville Police Department Public Information Officer Darrell DeBusk said officers and investigators responded to UT Medical Center on a sick person investigation. DeBusk said, “The male victim was brought to the hospital and dropped-off. The hospital staff indicated his blood alcohol content (BAC) was well over .40.
“When officers located the crime scene inside the Pike House on the University of Tennessee Campus, they discovered several people including three males who were passed out.”
After interrogating those involved and others, police came to the conclusion that members of the fraternity had been using rubber tubing inserted into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol. The abundance of capillaries and blood vessels present greatly heightens the level and speed of the alcohol entering the blood stream as it bypasses the filtering by the liver.
Alexander “Xander” Broughton was treated and released from UT Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, then was back in class on Monday.
The victim’s father, Mark Broughton, told news reporters he believed much of the information being disseminated to the news media was incorrect and contained numerous inaccuracies. Broughton said he wants to clear-up major inconsistencies. He said his son takes full responsibility for his own actions, and did not blame PIKE House.
However, in a Wednesday interview with UT Police, Alexander Broughton reportedly stated that he played Tour de Franzia, a drinking game, at the PIKE house. The game involves teams drinking as much wine as possible.
Broughton told police that when he passed out after playing the game, his fraternity brothers tried to walk him around the house to help him get sober before taking him to the hospital.
The Knoxville Police Department report states investigators were told the evidence, such as bruises near the rectum, indicated the victim could have been sexually assaulted.
Police said they have 13 suspects out of 27 persons interviewed. All were UT students except two. They identified 13 who were present or knew something about what happened. Police issued disorderly conduct citations to 12 at the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter on the University of Tennessee campus. One 19-year-old student was charged with disorderly conduct. The fraternity is under suspension and could lose their charter permanently.
Police reportedly threatened to arrest one student when he at first refused to sign the citation. UT Police also reported the victim also allegedly showed signs of physical and possible sexual assault.
According to police, the PIKE frat house had beer cans, wine containers, an Airsoft pistol, and several persons passed out when police arrived.
A statement released by Pi Kappa Alpha said, “It’s an unfortunate example which reinforces our current and ongoing efforts to educate students on the danger of underage consumption of alcohol, binge drinking and other potentially dangerous activities.”
Beer enemas are discussed on the Internet as a way of getting drunk and avoiding “beer breath” in order to pass police breathalyzer test. Every reference we checked online about beer enemas or alcohol enemas contained warnings that it could cause death.
Since the incident occurred on the University of Tennessee campus, the investigation has been turned over to UTPD. The Knoxville Police Department will continue to assist UTPD as needed. Alcohol is prohibited on the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee.
By Wes Hall