The Duke lacrosse team as a collective unit still claims that no sexual
assaults of a stripper occurred on the night in question.
The Durham prosecutor, attorney general, head cop, whatever his title, is just as confident that
something did happen. When the DNA results get back, he plans to charge some players.
The DNA looms very large in this legend.
Now, however, there's something new. The integrity of one of
the women is being questioned. You be the judge.
has been a report that the woman who called police on that same night,
in the same area of the assault, claiming to have been insulted by
yelling racial epithets as she walked by, was -- TA-DA! -- the second
stripper. Hmmm. Why would she do that? To set the stage for something
Unlike the first stripper who
claims she was sexually assaulted, the second woman is not a student anywhere. She does
however have an arrest record. Allegedly. Aha. The plot thickens.
Meanwhile, you gotta give Duke credit. Instead of waiting for the DNA
to come back, they're kicking ass and taking names. You also have
to ask, if race weren't the subtext, would they have made the same
So far, the LAX team's season is over. [LAX = lacrosse, get it?] Their
legitimate chances for a national championship are toast. I wonder if
cancelling the rest of their games is a first for a Division I team
ranked as high as Duke was this year. They were expected to meet Johns
Hopkins again in the NCAA finals. Not going to happen.
The coach of the team has resigned. Or, if you prefer, the president of
the university supposedly asked for his resignation and he obliged. The
trail of bad behavior by players has to end somewhere. But
usually the coach gets a pass. Unless he's caught on film drinking and
groping coeds at a party. Not this time. The buck not only made it all
the way up to him, but it bitch slapped his sorry ass.
One of the lascrosse players sent out an inflammatory email shortly after the
night in question that was disturbing for its sexual implications and
Hannibal Lecter-like message about killing and skinning strippers, so he's been
Like all schools of higher learning with the required layers of
bureaucracy, committees and commissions have been established to
determine how and why the team got so far out of whack. With racism running like a river of mud underneath it all.
If these blue ribbon panels discover that the women have been lying and
the whole mess was a hoax, perpetrated by some nasty ass females bent
on showing those smarty pants rich boys a thing or two, there will be
more lawsuits -- this time for rushing to judgment.
In retrospect, will ending the team's season, suspending a player, and firing the
coach turn out to be just the knee jerk response of a predominantly white university
feeling pressured to do something now about hundreds of years of racial injustice?
Or will the DNA actually point a guilty finger?
I can't wait.