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End the Lacrosse Cover-Up
Bleacher Report ^ | May 11, 2010 | R. B. Parrish

Posted on 05/11/2010 11:04:02 AM PDT by CondorFlight

Before the attempted frame-up of innocent lacrosse players in Durham, lacrosse had a good reputation. It may have been seen as an elite sport (or, more truly, a regionally delineated sport); but it was also seen as honest, fun, exciting, and one of the few “sports” remaining which still concerned itself with “sportsmanship”.

Then came the lies and the false accusations, and a university which was more concerned with the immediate PR fallout than with standing behind its falsely-accused students. And since it fit the convenient narrative which was being constructed, lacrosse was also lambasted.

In Durham, three lacrosse players (curiously, from the wealthiest families on the team) were accused of gang raping a stripper (who had a history of making false charges about gang-rape and other assaults). The entire lacrosse team was cleared of the charges by DNA testing two weeks before anyone was arrested.

But that was not the desired outcome.

The case divided immediately into “us” vs. “them”: rich vs. poor; male vs. female; black vs. white; student vs. townie; athlete vs. scholar. So many activists sought to use the charges to campaign for their own niche agendas that the case became one of those which was “too important for innocence to be allowed as a defense."

(Excerpt) Read more at bleacherreport.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maryland; US: North Carolina; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: athletes; athletics; duke; dukelax; lacrosse; lax; virginia

1 posted on 05/11/2010 11:04:03 AM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: CondorFlight
It's been several years since these innocent players were cleared but the fallout from this is still around.

What amazed me was how fast the story was dropped by MSM. Where are the made for TV Movies about the injustice of the whole affair? If the players falsely charged were black (role reversal) you can bet your life savings this story wouldn't have been dropped like a hot potato.

But the story that shouldn't have been dropped and should have been reported in more detail was the reprehensible behavior of the Duke professors and the president of the University. Their behavior was nothing short of despicable. I don't know how the Duke president can look at himself in the mirror. What a pathetic POS he is. He knew that the Lacrosse players were innocent and yet he didn't back them. Beyond despicable! He was the supreme coward and yet he kept his job. What's that say about the Duke community?

These are not the kind of people you would want to be in a foxhole with.
2 posted on 05/11/2010 11:28:15 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: abner; Alia; beyondashadow; Bitter Bierce; bjc; Bogeygolfer; BossLady; Brytani; bwteim; Carling; ..

ping


3 posted on 05/11/2010 11:29:46 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: CondorFlight

Anybody who lets their kid attend Duke is a fool.


4 posted on 05/11/2010 11:32:30 AM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: truthguy; abb

Agree! I wish someone with a deep bank account would either make a movie of this or a mini series. It would be spectacular if at different points in the movie they would intersperse comments by Nancy Grace, even as doubts grow and information begins to accumulate that this whole thing was a false allegation compounded by Mike Nifong’s intransigence.


5 posted on 05/11/2010 11:36:21 AM PDT by Enterprise (Dan Rather said Obama is so incompetent he couldn't sell watermelons.)
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To: Enterprise
Yes and this is where we as conservatives (and some not so conservative) have fallen down. We don't have the media savvy to pursue this. Like I said if the roles were reversed, we would have been bombarded with movies, books, TV specials, presidential commissions, UN Conferences, you name it. But the whole thing went away as if it never happened. The behavior of the Duke president and faculty was never called into account. The MSM dropped it because it didn't fit their ideology. It's that simple. When I brought it up to some liberals and social do-gooders they ignored and and didn't want to talk about it. Why? I think it's a fascinating topic on a lot of levels. The liberals just wanted it to go away and for the most part it did.
6 posted on 05/11/2010 11:49:34 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: CondorFlight

One thing you all must take into account is the three young men and their families may not WANT to have the story publicized. Having gone through exactly the same thing with our son, the LAST thing we wanted was publicity. It was devastating to us and not easily recovered from. It took us years to get back to where we were. Victims are ALWAYS assaulted twice — once from the crime and again through the trial. In this case, having to go through it the third time might be all she wrote.

These young men were raised to be real life contributors, to pick up the mantle of responsibility and earn livings, support families and make contributions to society within the private sector. They aren’t fodder for Hollywood stories, nor are they desirous of the type of fame attached to what probably almost took their lives. To quote John F. Kennedy, Jr. when asked if he intended to see the movie “JFK”, he replied something to the effect that he didn’t find stories about his father’s assassination a form of entertainment. No matter WHAT you think of the Kennedy family as a whole, I completely understood his point of view.


7 posted on 05/11/2010 11:57:57 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: CondorFlight

I thought one of the players was the son of a 9/11 NYPD first responder and was at Duke on a scholarship.


8 posted on 05/11/2010 12:01:35 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
Having the story publicized would have been the best thing for them. It would have further exonerated them. In the minds of many these guys did something wrong. Many people (mostly liberals and you know who) still think they were guilty of something. This was a lost opportunity to report things as they truly were. This would have been the best thing for these students. It would not have hurt them and probably would have helped a lot.

And the Duke president and faculty got off the hook for some of thes most reprehensible behavior imaginable. That in itself was an injustice.
9 posted on 05/11/2010 12:08:03 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Deb

“I thought one of the players was the son of a 9/11 NYPD first responder and was at Duke on a scholarship.”

One of them was; but he was not one of the accused.

The father of one of the accused was raised by a black family (making his “grandparents” black); the father of another one of the accused built medical clinics in Africa (after a childhood friend felt called to minister there).

These people weren’t stereotypes or cardboard figures (even though the MSM preferred it that way).


10 posted on 05/11/2010 12:09:52 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: truthguy
In my very humble opinion, the greatest thing we can do for these young men is allow them their privacy and give them our respect for showing what honorable people do when they are confronted with the worst possible crime, the attempt to destroy their reputations and ravage their honor.

If there are still people out there who believe they are guilty, they will have to get happy in the same old rags. The trial is OVER and the decision is final. Ms. Mangum is still her zany self, the President of Duke is still a silly man, the Prosecutor is still out of a job and his life is destroyed. The only people who still have integrity and honor are those families that worked within the system, stood the test of horrendous threats and have kept on in spite of every attempt to derail them.

I find these men and their families heroic, laudable and without shame.

11 posted on 05/11/2010 12:14:02 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: truthguy

And the racist environment in Durham itself, is what, in the first place, made the criminal Nifong believe he could score political points simply by prosecuting WHITE boys...the facts be damned.

The whore, Duke faculty and administration, Durham cops and Nifong, all guilty. But let’s not forget the “good” “citizens” of Durham.


12 posted on 05/11/2010 12:15:04 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: CondorFlight

You could tell they were all good people and it broke my heart to see what was happening. Geraldo still hasn’t apologized for branding them “guilty” and the “spoiled sons of privilege”.


13 posted on 05/11/2010 12:16:20 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
The trial is OVER and the decision is final.

There was NEVER a trial. It never got that far.

I guess I look at this case as more than just 3 innocents who were unjustly accused of something they didn't do. I do respect your opinion and I wish these young men the best. But there are other issues here that need to be emphasized. This is MUCH bigger than the buffoons at Duke. The behavior of the MSM is beyond reprehensible and this has huge implications beyond this case. For a faculty and administration to not back students they they KNEW were innocent is something that needs further commentary.
14 posted on 05/11/2010 12:23:27 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: CondorFlight

As a Maryland Terrapin, I already have enough reason to hate Duke. This article convinces me that I have not misplaced that hate.


15 posted on 05/11/2010 12:28:29 PM PDT by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: truthguy

Well said.


16 posted on 05/11/2010 12:36:05 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: truthguy

I’m certain there were many students (and even some faculty) who backed the students. We nearly had riots on campus with our son, but the administration put a lid on it, because no one wanted a confrontation with certain elements in the black community. The administration admitted to us privately they knew it was a bunch of hogwash, but there was nothing they could do except try to maintain order among the students.

Time goes by, people forget, you’re still stuck with the fallout. Justice delayed is justice denied. We had cars of thugs parked at the foot of our driveway on several occasions, we had reporters trespassing on our property trying to get photographs inside our home. We had vandalism, we had threats, attempts at extortion to make it go away.

May God forgive those who frightened us beyond our wildest imaginings. When you make a stand, sometimes you stand alone. It is nonetheless a stand of honor — no whining. My family and my son will always have that. The others, not so much.


17 posted on 05/11/2010 12:43:41 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: truthguy

“we would have been bombarded with movies, books, TV specials, presidential commissions, UN Conferences, you name it”

Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson did write a very thorough and fair book about this sordid affair. If anyone wanted to make a movie, they likely could do so based entirely on the book’s details rather than harassing the principals any further.
http://www.amazon.com/Until-Proven-Innocent-Correctness-Injustices/dp/0312369123


18 posted on 05/11/2010 1:00:50 PM PDT by DrC
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To: Deb

Yep. And neither has Nancy disGrace.


19 posted on 05/11/2010 1:15:11 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: Jrabbit

Happily I had forgotten she even exists.


20 posted on 05/11/2010 1:23:03 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/magazine/06/22/duke0626/

Junior goalie Dan Loftus and his brother, Chris, a sophomore attackman, grew up in Syosset, Long Island, sons of Barbara and Brian, a retired New York City fireman who worked 36 straight hours at the World Trade Center immediately after the attacks on Sept. 11. "I thought that was the worst day of my life," Brian says. "You want to know something? This is the worst thing."

Like most of the parents, the Loftuses had grilled their sons. "How many times did I say to him on the phone? 'Danny, did anything happen?'" Brian Loftus says to Barbara one weekend in May. "I asked him 10 times. He goes, 'No, no, no, no.'"

"This is not a time to lie and cover up for your friends!" Barbara remembers chiming in. "Did anything happen?"

Over Easter weekend, convinced of their sons' innocence but terrified it wouldn't matter, "we sat here like zombies," Brian says. "I didn't want to talk to anybody."

21 posted on 05/11/2010 1:38:59 PM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: abb

From the article:

“Coach K, perhaps the only figure of sufficient stature capable of single-handedly reversing the tide, was nowhere to be seen. Sports writers must have interpreted his silence as indicating that he thought the players were guilty. (Surely he would have found some way to indicate his disagreement, if he had one?). His own team hired strippers shortly before the lacrosse team—yet his season was not canceled and he was not fired.

Had he not a public word for coach Pressler?”

I’ve been saying for a long time that I lost all respect for Coach K as a result of this episode, and I had considerable respect for the man. As we know here, anyone halfway paying attention knew the real deal within 30-45 days. I would expect that he knew sooner, or could and should have.

Rather than do the right thing, he assisted in Duke’s throwing these kids under the bus by his silence. It was and is unacceptable.


22 posted on 05/11/2010 1:42:59 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Locomotive Breath

Thanks. I knew it was something like that. Bless them.


23 posted on 05/11/2010 1:44:18 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: truthguy
"But the story that shouldn't have been dropped and should have been reported in more detail was the reprehensible behavior of the Duke professors and the president of the University."

The story that shouldn't have been dropped was also the coverup and scandal by Durham city officials, the Durham Chief of Police, the Durham County Sheriff's office, the Durham County District Attorney's ENTIRE STAFF, all the local newspapers and TV stations that allowed the coverups, the NC State Attorney General, and even the North Carolina Governor himself. This was a scandal of major proportions that got swept under the rugs of a rotten, filthy system of justice. This state is one of the most corrupt I have seen. There was even a situation where the Raleigh Police helped a Durham police officer out of a jam after a 4 am accident.

24 posted on 05/11/2010 3:09:36 PM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: DrC
Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson did write a very thorough and fair book about this sordid affair. If anyone wanted to make a movie, they likely could do so based entirely on the book’s details rather than harassing the principals any further.

Somehow I don't think the Hollywood types are interested in this story? I wonder why (sarcasm)? It would make a great movie or even a made for TV movie. It has all the elements to be an interesting and fascinating movie. And all they need to do is tell the truth. If wouldn't be that hard to write a decent screenplay. I'll bet some conservative groups would put up the cash. But will it ever happen. I don't think so because nobody in Hollywood has that type of courage.
25 posted on 05/11/2010 3:17:12 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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