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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Duke Case: Cheap shot

David Kleban, a Duke Trinity senior, writes a column for the Duke Chronicle. He takes a cheap shot at the Duke men's lacrosse team in his recent column:

To be honest, though, I don't fear for the long-term prospects of these gentlemen. They will probably remain the objects of adoration of much of the female contingent of the "Duke 500" touted by Rolling Stone. And for the most part they will continue to enjoy their lucrative, highly prized positions in (to use a buzz word of The Chronicle) "New York-area investment banks."

So while the public disparagement of the team and the (almost entirely) baseless indictments against three players indeed represent a miscarriage of justice and of public opinion, I can't help but worry more about the lasting detriment to the reputation of our school.
Such is the callousness of youth.

Nina Zash, mother of former Duke player Matt Zash, makes an online comment about the article:
Although I think David Kleban's article is very well written and factual, I take exception to the remark that he does not fear for the long-term prospects of the gentlemen he feels will remain the objects of adoration by the female contingent of the "Duke 500."

As the parent of one of those supposed objects of adoration, I am completely offended. The travesty of justice heaped upon 46 families will stay with them long after they leave Duke. It is with us every waking minute. Not one of us walks away from this unscarred, not the players on that team nor their parents. We hurt every day for the pride that was taken from us and for the naivete we had in believing so fantastic a lie could never amount to anything.

Nina Zash

source:
Who wins? [DukeChronicle.com, Sept. 5, 2006]

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