That's right. There were no DNA matches to go along with the accusations of sexual assault. Nothing from the players was found on the exotic dancer who filed the complaint. Nothing from the woman herself, i.e., her blood, saliva, etc., was found in the bathroom where the attack supposedly took place. Nothing resembling the latex and lubrication of a condom was found either.
Apparently the cops swabbed every orifice of the accuser that could
have been penetrated for purposes of lacrosse team gratification. So
it's looking like the claims of sexual assault may be bogus. If they
are bogus, what were those women thinking? That they wouldn't be
exposed for the frauds they may turn out to be?
But the team should still be
punished for underage drinking and the stupidity of hiring a stripper.
Because false accusations could and did happen. Because hiring a
stripper should fall under conduct unbecoming scholarship athletes.
Because those lucky few whose entire educations have been paid for
should be held to a higher standard. And because the team's lack of
judgment brought disgrace, however undeserved, to the university.
And if the accusations turn out to be false, throw the book at that
bitch. Reinstate the coach. Let the team play the rest of their season,
less the two games they had to forfeit for the underage drinking. But
uphold the suspension of the kid who wrote the inflammatory emails
about killing strippers and skinning them.
Meanwhile, there will be people who will claim that the crime lab has
whitewashed [pardon the expression] the results. Or falsified the
testing. Whatever. Nobody is going to come out a winner on this one.
Duke understandably caved under a lot of local and national pressure.
They've been accused of not responding quickly enough. But, with the
passage of time, their response may have been unnecessarily speedy.
There is enough bad boy history among college athletes to justify the
decisions that were made. Now we're reminded that there are enough
lying women to make you realize that the more things change the more
they stay the same.
Two words -- Tawana Brawley. A New York grand jury found her
accusations of sexual assault by six white members of law enforcement not
credible. Subsequently three of the men she accused sued for defamation and
It ain't over till it's over.