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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Dufus Patrol

Stephen A. Smith - Clueless Dufus
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN is a clueless dufus.

Mr. Smith wrote a column Sunday for the Philadelphia Inquirer where he blasts the Duke women's lacrosse team and Duke University. He is upset that the Duke women wore sweat bands with the numbers of the three innocent men's lacrosse players. He is doubly upset that Duke University allowed them to do that. He wrote - It's a case of Dumb and Dumber at Duke:

I never believed the day would come when we'd see an educational institution so flagrantly stupid, so selfish, so conspicuously aloof. Evidently it's Duke, supposedly one of America's more honorable institutions of higher learning.

A few days before losing in the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse semifinals on Friday, members of the Blue Devils team told the world they would wear wristbands with the word innocent emblazoned on them during the game, in support of three Duke men's lacrosse players indicted on rape charges stemming from a March 13 team party.

These 18-, 19- and 20-year-old women evidently were either ignorant or insensitive to the fact that there were 94,635 rapes in the country in 2004, according to the FBI. Or they weren't aware that rape is one of the most underreported crimes, which one would think should heighten any female's sensitivity radar....

What are we to think now when it's clear that even at places such as Duke there's an absence of common sense?

Mr. Smith, the radar the Duke women are operating is called a "BS radar." That's why you go to college in the first place. You learn how to detect "BS" when it crosses your path.

The Duke lacrosse rape case is pure "BS." The three men are innocent. That is all that the Duke women lacrosse players are saying. It is called intellectual honesty. It is part of the skill set they teach at Duke.

The women are not making a sweeping statement about crime and all rape victims. They are simply using their college education for exactly the right purpose - to point out a very specific case of "BS." Or as they say on the quad, an injustice.

You are making sweeping generalities that have nothing to do with the facts of the case. It doesn't appear that you have followed the case very closely. The Duke women have. They have formed an educated opinion based on all the available information. That's another thing you learn in college, it's called the scientific method.

You are also saying the "adults" at Duke University should not allow the women lacrosse players to make any statement. Are you kidding me?

You want Duke University to lock down the student athletes so they can't freely express their strong opinion about a matter that is important to them?

You can't be serious. Who are you?

Let's get this straight. You want the university administration to suppress the student's First Amendment right of "free speech?" Are you now a corporate mouthpiece for "The Man?" Duke Unversity is not hypocritical, you are.

Tommie Smith(ctr) and John Carlos showing the Black Power salute in the 1968 Summer Olympics

So, Mr. Smith, instead of telling the Duke women to play stupid and the university to play big brother. Why don't you close your mouth, turn off your keyboard, so your stupidity is protected from public view and you stay off the "BS" radar.

Stephen A. Smith | Duke free-falling from grace [philly.com, May 28, 2006]
Duke women wear numbers of accused men's lacrosse players in semifinal defeat [USA Today, May 28, 2006]


Stephen A. Smith may be contacted at ssmith@phillynews.com
or at his ESPN radio show - StephenA@1050ESPNRadio.com

2nd update:

Kevin Sweeney of Salon.com also uses flawed logic and bogus moralizing regarding the Duke women showing support for the innocent men's lacrosse players.

Mr. Sweeney said: "By wearing sweatbands saying "innocent," Duke's women's lacrosse team is displaying a pack mentality -- and disrespecting women."

Not true. Mr. Sweeney like Mr. Smith makes sweeping generalities without looking at the specifics of exactly what the Duke women did and why the did it.

The women did not exactly wear sweatbands with "innocent." "Instead, about 10 Blue Devils wore wristbands that said "45 13 6" — the uniform numbers of the three accused men. Other players wore wrist and headbands with the men's logo."

They are not acting like a "pack." They are not disrespecting all women. They just have a problem when one woman is a liar, whose lies are creating an injustice for three young men.

Mr. Sweeney is distorting the facts and applying his own brand of hasty hogwash stereotyping.

Duke women not innocent. (advertising) [salon.com, May 26, 2006]

3rd update:

La Shawn Barber takes Stephen A. Smith to task
Implicit in Smith’s fluff piece is that women can’t think for themselves and form their own opinions about whether men are innocent of rape charges or women guilty of false allegations in the court of public opinion. Since rape happens overwhelmingly to women, women are incapable of making rational judgments about rape. Why feminists aren’t all over Stephen A. Smith for this column is a mystery

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