Duke Lax Players Sue the School

Aug 27, 2002
4,370
22
678
Bensalem, PA via Souf Philly
#1
espnDOTcom said:
RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than three dozen current and former Duke lacrosse players claim in a lawsuit they suffered emotional distress during the furor over the now-discredited **** case against three of their teammates.

Attorneys planned to file a federal lawsuit Thursday in North Carolina that accuses Duke University, the City of Durham and several school and police officials of fraud, abuse, and breach of duty for supporting the prosecution of the case.

Lead attorney Chuck Cooper said the private university turned its back on the players to protect the school's image.

"These young men want an acknowledgment that they were wronged by institutions and individuals that they trusted to treat them honestly," Cooper said in a statement. "They were victimized by a corrupt investigation that ignored or suppressed evidence that would have cleared them."

The lawsuit filed on behalf of 38 unindicted players and nine members of their families seeks unspecified damages for invasion of privacy, emotional distress and other injuries. Cooper planned to discuss the lawsuit later Thursday at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

The players accuse Duke of ignoring, suppressing and discrediting evidence that proved the players' innocence, with idly standing by while the players suffered abuse and harassment on campus, and with imposing discipline that implied the team was guilty. Duke suspended and then canceled the highly ranked team's season in the wake of the **** allegation.

Duke spokesman Keith Lawrence declined to comment until the university had time to review the lawsuit. Durham interim City Attorney Karen Sindelar did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Thursday.

Former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong won indictments against Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann after a woman accused them of ****** her at a team party in March 2006. The case unraveled amid the woman's changing story and lack of evidence.

The three players were later declared innocent and also have sued the former prosecutor, the City of Durham and the police detectives who handled the case. They reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the university in June.

Nifong was disbarred and spent a night in jail for his handling of the case. Cooper said he is not named in the lawsuit because of his pending declaration of bankruptcy. Nifong is claiming more than $180 million in liabilities, almost all tied to the prospect of losing two other lawsuits stemming from the **** case.

Three other players filed a lawsuit last year, accusing the school, Nifong and numerous others of a conspiracy that inflicted emotional distress.
Good for them...

Linkypoo
 

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
Aug 29, 2002
31,856
2,378
898
Florida's Nature Coast
#3
I agree. The whole PC thing is what led to all the bullshit involving how those kids were treated - so I hope this serves as an expensive wakeup call.
 

Turtle

WACKBAGGER
Jun 8, 2005
8,863
1
0
#4
I'm a Duke grad...fuck these guys, bad shit happens to people all the time. Man up and move on, don't hurt the school because you see a chance to grab some quick cash.
 

Kris_LTRMa

LoseTheRadio.net's Ma
Nov 17, 2006
9,749
1
333
right where I wanna be
#5
The only ones who have any "right" to sue are the three that were accused & basically convicted by the media.

I don't remember - was the rest of the team suspended from school? Did any of them lose a scholarship as a result of the charges against 3 of their teammates?

If the answer is no, then they're not entitled to a dime.
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Mar 19, 2005
28,285
2,884
673
Bronx, NY
#6
The only ones who have any "right" to sue are the three that were accused & basically convicted by the media.

I don't remember - was the rest of the team suspended from school? Did any of them lose a scholarship as a result of the charges against 3 of their teammates?

If the answer is no, then they're not entitled to a dime.
If I remember correctly, NCAA gave the team a extra year of eligibilty to play, so I don't see how the rest of team has a leg to stand on when it comes to suing. I can see the three who were accussed suing the city, state, and espcially Nifong. However suing the school itself, I have a problem with.
 

domelogic

Registered User
Feb 16, 2005
12,557
3,340
631
Center Valley, Pa.
#7
I'm a Duke grad...fuck these guys, bad shit happens to people all the time. Man up and move on, don't hurt the school because you see a chance to grab some quick cash.
you make a great point except for those 3 that were strung along with most of the bullshit. they should sue and get every penny they can
 

Kris_LTRMa

LoseTheRadio.net's Ma
Nov 17, 2006
9,749
1
333
right where I wanna be
#8
If I remember correctly, NCAA gave the team a extra year of eligibilty to play, so I don't see how the rest of team has a leg to stand on when it comes to suing. I can see the three who were accussed suing the city, state, and espcially Nifong. However suing the school itself, I have a problem with.
Exactly - the only ones wronged were the three accused. And I don't have a problem with the three suing the school. I don't think they should have been suspended until most of the facts were in (which turned to be fabrications) There's such a thing in this country as "innocent until proven guilty".
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Mar 19, 2005
28,285
2,884
673
Bronx, NY
#9
Exactly - the only ones wronged were the three accused. And I don't have a problem with the three suing the school. I don't think they should have been suspended until most of the facts were in (which turned to be fabrications) There's such a thing in this country as "innocent until proven guilty".
I'm playing devil's advocate on this one. I think Duke's thinking, was we are a private university and the last thing we need is this headache. So lets just suspend them, to keep them and the chaos off the campus. They also probably felt they had precedent, since many colleges in past have either suspended or kicked athletes off teams when they have gotten in trouble with the law.
 
Aug 27, 2002
4,370
22
678
Bensalem, PA via Souf Philly
#10
If I remember correctly, NCAA gave the team a extra year of eligibilty to play, so I don't see how the rest of team has a leg to stand on when it comes to suing. I can see the three who were accussed suing the city, state, and espcially Nifong. However suing the school itself, I have a problem with.
I do believe that the team was ranked #1 in the country and was pretty much the favorite to win the national championship when the school cancelled the season. Granted they had to play the games, and anything could happen, but how would you feel if something you worked so hard for was taken away because of **** AL-e-GAI-tors[/tyson]???

It was a move to try and appease the black community in the area because of the racial overtones of the case. That is all. Do you think that they would have cancelled the Basketball season if the same alligations were made about a player on that team?
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Mar 19, 2005
28,285
2,884
673
Bronx, NY
#11
I do believe that the team was ranked #1 in the country and was pretty much the favorite to win the national championship when the school cancelled the season. Granted they had to play the games, and anything could happen, but how would you feel if something you worked so hard for was taken away because of **** AL-e-GAI-tors[/tyson]???

It was a move to try and appease the black community in the area because of the racial overtones of the case. That is all. Do you think that they would have cancelled the Basketball season if the same alligations were made about a player on that team?
There were not only racial overtones to it, there were also class overtones involved too. I dated a girl who went to UNC and she said one of the factors that plays into their rivalry, is that rich kids go to Duke, the working class students go to UNC. I do think if it was the basketball team, the season wouldn't have been cancelled for a couple of reasons, but race doesn't play into it. Duke always has like 2 or 3 white players in their starting line-up, basketball especially Duke basketball has more of following than lacrosse, and I think Coach K.'s stature in the community could have helped weather the storm.
 

TheDrip

I'm bi-winning.
Jan 9, 2006
5,051
3
228
#12
I do believe that the team was ranked #1 in the country and was pretty much the favorite to win the national championship when the school cancelled the season. Granted they had to play the games, and anything could happen, but how would you feel if something you worked so hard for was taken away because of **** AL-e-GAI-tors[/tyson]???

It was a move to try and appease the black community in the area because of the racial overtones of the case. That is all. Do you think that they would have cancelled the Basketball season if the same alligations were made about a player on that team?
DING DING DING :clap::clap::clap:


Go team, take Duke to the cleaners. Even though those other players weren't accused, they were disciplined as accessories based on the fact that they had their season wiped out from them for something that 3 players allegedly did, that was proved to have never happened.

While I normally hate seeing emotional distress bullshit cases, the entire circus that surrounded this piece of shit event should be made an example of in the fullest way possible, in hopes of preventing it from ever happening again.
 

Hudson

Supreme Champion!!!!!
Donator
Jan 14, 2002
32,840
4,566
898
Land of misfit toys
#13
I also believe the Head Coach was fired over it..pretty much fucked up his career.
 

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
Donator
Mar 10, 2006
50,284
38,368
628
In a porn tree
#14
I'm a Duke grad...fuck these guys, bad shit happens to people all the time. Man up and move on, don't hurt the school because you see a chance to grab some quick cash.
Fuck Duke... specifically... fuck those liberal hippie Duke faculty professors who hung THEIR OWN STUDENTS OUT TO DRY. Fuck those white-hating PC faggots and dykes right in their commie asses.

They danced with joy when the accusations first came to light... if it were up to those sorry fucks they would have hung every player on the lacrosse team from the first tree they could find.

I hope the lawsuit financially guts the university so bad that they have to pay their nagger loving faculty in gummi bears and Cheerios for the next twenty years.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/anderson/anderson143.html

Duke and the Death of Academe

Here were young men who were socially popular, were overwhelmingly white and prep-school educated, were respectful to their professors, made high grades, majored in things like finance, and took well-paying jobs after graduation. In other words, they were the epitome of the bourgeoisie that the arts and sciences faculty have hated with all the passion their Marxist training could muster.

Thus, when a black stripper claimed that members of the lacrosse team gang-***** her, faculty members seized the moment. The truth of the charges themselves was irrelevant; these young men represented everything these faculty members despised, and they were not going to permit something as bourgeois as truth stand in the way of their attempt to remake Duke University in their own image – and perhaps be able to help railroad innocent young men into prison, which they would have seen, ironically, as a triumph of justice.

After the initial charges and countercharges, 88 members of the faculty (mostly from arts and sciences) signed a newspaper advertisement in which they praised the students for rushing to judgment about the alleged "guilt" of the "rapists." It also praised the students for posting "wanted" posters about campus of most of the lacrosse players in which they clearly were accused of ****. Evidence? Who needs evidence when Marxist ideology already lays out the entire episode?
 
Aug 27, 2002
4,370
22
678
Bensalem, PA via Souf Philly
#15
There were not only racial overtones to it, there were also class overtones involved too. I dated a girl who went to UNC and she said one of the factors that plays into their rivalry, is that rich kids go to Duke, the working class students go to UNC. I do think if it was the basketball team, the season wouldn't have been cancelled for a couple of reasons, but race doesn't play into it. Duke always has like 2 or 3 white players in their starting line-up, basketball especially Duke basketball has more of following than lacrosse, and I think Coach K.'s stature in the community could have helped weather the storm.
I didn't mean to imply that Duke cancelled the Lax team's season because they were white while the basketball team's season would not. I feel that Duke set a bad precedent in suspending the team based soley on **** ALLIGATIONS.

Realistically, the two sports are pretty much polar opposites in so far as the make up of the players (BB mostly Black/Lax mostly white). If it was BB I don't think that they would have cancelled the season either but not because of the racial makeup of the teams involved. The school would have take a bath financially if they did, as they probably make 75%-80% of their athletic department budget duriing the BB season.

I think that they were seen as sacrificial lambs because the incident made the school look bad. Then when the case fell apart, they wound up looking even worse.
 

BCH

Doesn't need your acknowledgement on Twitter
Wackbag Staff
Jun 9, 2005
9,521
236
578
New York
#16
Oh Not LaxPlaya's forget it then. I thought this had to do with someone's family...
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Mar 19, 2005
28,285
2,884
673
Bronx, NY
#17
I'm a Duke grad...fuck these guys, bad shit happens to people all the time. Man up and move on, don't hurt the school because you see a chance to grab some quick cash.
I'll throw another monkey wrench into why the 38 unindicted players have no leg to stand on when it come to suing the school. No one knows who they are. Know their names or what they look like. So to me they're just bringing more "emotional stress" on themselves.
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Mar 19, 2005
28,285
2,884
673
Bronx, NY
#19
I just wish the lying cunt that started all this shit would face some type of punishment.
Well considering the fact that lying cunt who filed charges against Kobe Byrant hasn't faced any punishment or had her face put on the cover of newspapers, you really can't see North Carolina from pressing charges against the stripper.
 

mendozathejew

Registered User
Mar 12, 2005
6,749
0
0
jersey
#20
I'll throw another monkey wrench into why the 38 unindicted players have no leg to stand on when it come to suing the school. No one knows who they are. No their names or what they look like. So to me they're just bringing more "emotional stress" on themselves.
at Duke they people did. They had to walk around town known as racist rapists and Duke's faculty, and their lawyers contributed heavily to this
 
Feb 20, 2006
8,646
549
521
**** Island
#21
Well considering the fact that lying cunt who filed charges against Kobe Byrant hasn't faced any punishment or had her face put on the cover of newspapers, you really can't see North Carolina from pressing charges against the stripper.

Kobe actually fucked her and then settled a civil case against him. So yeah, it's really the same thing. :icon_roll
 

Kris_LTRMa

LoseTheRadio.net's Ma
Nov 17, 2006
9,749
1
333
right where I wanna be
#22
I'm playing devil's advocate on this one. I think Duke's thinking, was we are a private university and the last thing we need is this headache. So lets just suspend them, to keep them and the chaos off the campus. They also probably felt they had precedent, since many colleges in past have either suspended or kicked athletes off teams when they have gotten in trouble with the law.
You're right about precedent, Storm. It doesn't mean it's right, but in the grand scheme of things, right doesn't always play into a situation.

I do have to disagree with you on the race/social status issue though. The media built up to be a black/white thing. It was 'look what these rich white boys did to this poor black girl'. Rich & poor were mentioned but what does the average reader see? They see the word white and the word black. The people they interviewed talked about the strained "race relations" not about strained "rich/poor relations" (I can't think of the correct fucking term). So ultimately that's what it became to America - another black/white issue.
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
Mar 19, 2005
28,285
2,884
673
Bronx, NY
#23
Kobe actually fucked her and then settled a civil case against him. So yeah, it's really the same thing. :icon_roll
Reason why I'm saying it considered be the same thing, is we don't know what Kobe's accuser looks like, the stripper's picture has been posted on the front of a newspaper. Make no mistake about it, I do think some thing sexual did happen at that party. It just wasn't ****.
 
Feb 20, 2006
8,646
549
521
**** Island
#24
Reason why I'm saying it considered be the same thing, is we don't know what Kobe's accuser looks like, the stripper's picture has been posted on the front of a newspaper. Make no mistake about it, I do think some thing sexual did happen at that party. It just wasn't ****.

Here's her pic. Her name's Katelyn Faber btw.




**** or not, only Kobe and the chick know for sure. In the Duke case, everyone knows it never happened. That's why the press is so free to post it.



.