Monday, March 27, 2006

Blue (Ball) Devils on the Hot Seat

Duke University is renowned for its basketball program, its business school, and now for its band of rapist lacrosse players. What the Fuqua is up with that? Well, according to Durham authorities, a North Carolina Central University student who doubles as an exotic dancer claims that she and another dancer were hired on March 14th for a “small bachelor party”. They soon found themselves surrounded by dozens of men at a house in the Duke campus.

The dancer said she was dragged into a bathroom, where she was raped and beaten. Durham police have yet to make any arrests, but they did collect DNA specimens from 46 players from Duke’s lacrosse team.

"I think the students would be well advised to come forward. They have chosen not to," Duke provost Peter Lange said.

Several players have retained lawyers and aren’t saying a word to anyone. The school has taken action by forfeiting two games (vs Georgetown and Mount St Mary’s). Seems like a fitting punishment doesn’t it? It’s a good thing they didn’t kill her, or the school may have taken their meal money as well.


Blogger Zach Landres-Schnur said...

the duke lacrosse team has 46 players! that's a lot.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it kind of ridiculous for them to take action without hard evidence? They should've waited until the investigation reached a conclusion. Innocent until proven guilty, right?

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're exactly right, 7:25. Of course, we hope that by now everyone knows that the Attorney General of North Carolina, who investigated the case carefully and without prejudice (as the Durham police and the now-disbarred-and-convicted District Attorney did not) determined that the accused players were innocent, and that there was no credible evidence of an assault such as that alleged by the accuser, who turned out to be mentally ill and unable to keep her story straight.

8:30 PM  

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