Skip to comments.End the Lacrosse Cover-Up
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 ...
Anybody who lets their kid attend Duke is a fool.
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.
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.
I thought one of the players was the son of a 9/11 NYPD first responder and was at Duke on a scholarship.
“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).
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.
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.
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”.
As a Maryland Terrapin, I already have enough reason to hate Duke. This article convinces me that I have not misplaced that hate.
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.
“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.
Yep. And neither has Nancy disGrace.
Happily I had forgotten she even exists.
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."
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 teamyet 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.
Thanks. I knew it was something like that. Bless them.
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.