I remember it well. In March 2006, a black woman accused several white Duke University lacrosse players of raping, sodomizing, strangling, and beating her in a small bathroom during a house party. The allegations proved false, but not before three men were indicted. Mike Nifong, the district attorney, who apparently wanted the “black vote” that much, pushed through an obviously phony case. He ended up disbarred and convicted of contempt of court.
Duke University rushed to judgment as well, cancelling the team’s season and firing the coach, Mike Pressler. The school ended up financially settling with the players and Pressler, who also received an apology. The whole episode was awful. Read about it here.
Deneen Borelli, Outreach Director at FreedomWorks, recently commented on Rolling Stone‘s retracted false rape story. She appeared again on Fox News to talk about false rape allegations on college campuses. She said the media should be a responsible source to figure out what’s going on and report it, not push their own leftist narrative. Let’s face it. What attracts more readers and liberal outrage– a story of black men raping a white woman or “rich” white lacrosse players raping a black woman?
Race shouldn’t factor into it, but liberals are fixated on it.
Borelli said that Pressler was criticized for standing up for his players. She also noted that Nifong was up for re-election, and he faced a black opponent.
I believed then and continue to believe his personal ambitions played a major role in his contemptuous behavior and reckless disregard for the truth and for the rights of all the players, especially the three indicted men.