Here we go. Three members of Duke's lacrosse team were alleged to have raped an exotic dancer who was hired for a private party. The Duke players were white....and the dancer was black....which has put Durham in a bit of a racial divide. In true affluent ways...the guys on the team are refusing to chat with investigators, though DNA tests were administered.
It has also come to light that about 1/3 of the team has been in trouble with the law previously....mainly on alcohol, open containers, disruptive behavior and......public urination.
Apparantly, the dancers were ready to dance...when guys grabbed a broomstick and were making lewd comments about where they wanted to put the broomstick. In true team spirit....the LACROSSE guys told the dancers that they were members of the BASEBALL and TRACK teams to muddy the trail. Good one guys!
After that, the dancers left....were coarsed back to the party.....where one of them was pushed into a bathroom, tied up, beaten, strangled, raped and sodomized.
Go to NewsObserver.com [the Triangle newspaper] for more up-to-date info on this story.
Here is the main story from ESPN.com.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University's highly ranked lacrosse team will not play again this season until school administrators learn more about allegations that several team members raped an exotic dancer at an off-campus party, the school said Tuesday.
President Richard Brodhead decided to suspend the team from play "until there is a clearer resolution of the legal situation involving team members," the university said.
The case has roiled the campus, raised racial tensions and heightened antagonism between the affluent students at Duke, which costs about $43,000 a year, and the city of Durham, which has a large population of poor people and is about evenly divided between white and black.
A woman told police she and another dancer were hired to perform March 13 at a private party in an off-campus home. The dancer, a student at North Carolina Central University, told police she was pulled into a bathroom, beaten, choked and raped by three men.
No one has been charged.
Armed with a judge's order, police took DNA samples with a cheek swab from 46 of the lacrosse team's 47 players last week. The 47th player, the only black member of the team, did not haveto provide DNA because the dancer said her attackers were white.
"I needed to have the information about who will be charged," said District Attorney Mike Nifong said. "I feel pretty confident that a rape occurred."
Brodhead said team captains notified athletic director Joe Alleva on Tuesday that players wanted to stay off the field until the DNA results came back from a crime lab. In a statement, the captains predicted the DNA testing would clear the players of wrongdoing.
Brodhead said it was his decision to expand the suspension.
"In this painful period of uncertainty, it is clear to me, as it was to the players, that it would be inappropriate to resume the normal schedule of play," Brodhead said.
Nifong said the team members are standing together and refusing to talk with investigators, and he warned he may bring aiding-and-abetting charges against some of the players.
The alleged victim is black, which has proved a source of tension on campus.
"The circumstances of the rape indicated a deep racial motivation for some of the things that were done," Nifong said. "It makes a crime that is by its nature one of the most offensive and invasive even more so."
Angry over the team members' silence and the university's handling of the case, Durham residents have demonstrated on and off campus in the past few days. They rallied outside the house where the alleged attack occurred, and gathered outside of Duke Provost Peter Lange's home, where they banged on pots and pans until he emerged to answer questions.
Lange said Monday that he believes "the students would be well-advised to come forward. They have chosen not to."
Durham lawyer Bill Thomas said he was hired by the family of one team member and that there was "no corroborated evidence at this point that anything happened to give rise to any liability -- civil or criminal -- with the possible exception of alcohol violations."
A lawyer representing several other lacrosse team members did not immediately return calls Tuesday.
Duke University spokesman John Burness said the three players who lived in the house where the party occurred had moved out. Burness also said other students had hired lawyers who advised them not to talk about the party.
The DNA samples taken from the 46 team members arrived Monday at a state crime lab, which agreed to work quickly on the case.
The school originally said the team would forfeit two games -- Saturday's home match vs. Georgetown and a Tuesday game vs. Mount St. Mary's -- for conduct at the party that was inappropriate, including serving alcohol to underage students and hiring women from the escort service. The losses gave Duke, considered a national title contender before the season began, a 6-4 record with five regular-season games to go.