This past Sunday I published NY Times spins Duke Lax eligibility. A Times news story included this:
Duke canceled its 2006 season after eight games in the wake of rape and sexual assault accusations against three players. The charges were later dropped. Kennedy, an associate athletic director, wrote about the campus and news media firestorms, detailing the death threats, angry protests and safety concerns that forced the university to cancel the season.I followed that Times reporting with some commentary which included this:
...I don’t know whether The Times' saying “safety concerns” were a factor “that forced the university to cancel the season” is spin because I don’t know whether or not Chris Kennedy made that claim to the N.C.A.A.I then went on to other parts of the Times' story which were clearly spin.
If you know, please let me know and I’ll follow-up.
A few days ago I received a comment from JinC Regular BN who's closely followed the Duke Hoax, frame-up attempt and the ongoing cover-up of it. BN's citations and claims have checked out in the past, and the ones I'm about to post do as well.
So here's BN's comments. I hope you comment. I plan to post further tomorrow on the question of whether concerns for the players safety was a factor which determined Duke's decision to cancel the remainer of the 2006 lacrosse season.
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I've read/reread the statements, news releases etc. issued by Brodhead and other Duke officials in the Spring of 2006 which included the reasons for canceling the lacrosse season.
Concern for the safety of the players was never mentioned.
In fact, Duke's inaction and silence showed a complete lack of concern for the players' safety and well being when
-- campus protesters carried castrate banners and branded the players rapists. Members of Duke's faculty publicly thanked these protesters.
-- vigilante posters with the players' pictures were distributed around campus
-- players and the coach received threatening e-mails
-- the Black Panthers demonstrated against the players at campus entrances and made death threats to Reade inside and outside the Durham courtroom
-- players were harassed and persecuted in classrooms by certain Duke professors.
The first time that I read anything from Duke that mentioned safety as a reason for canceling the season was in the revisionist history narrative included on Duke's revised website dedicated to the lacrosse incident.
This website was established in May, 2007 after the AG declared the players innocent.