Saturday, January 06, 2007

Rape Accusations Ruin Athletes Reputations Myth

A post on the AOL Sports Blog has me asking the question, "If a reputation falls in the forest and nobody hears it, is it still a ruined reputation?"

According to the [Portland] Tribune, what everyone agrees on is that the [4 Utah Jazz] players took the woman, who was reportedly extremely intoxicated, back to a hotel room. Soon after the woman claims she was raped by two of them. Which two? Therein lies the problem: she's not sure, and because she can't positively ID her attackers the district attorney's office has decided against pursuing the case. The players were interviewed separately by police and told consistent stories, claiming that none of them had sex with the woman that night. I'm not going to re-hash the timeline -- read the Tribune article for that -- but it's an unfortunate way for the case to be closed, doing little to clear the players' reputations if they're actually innocent. Then again, can their reputations be tarnished if no one knows about the case? Only time will tell if this makes it's way to the mainstream news.

(emphasis added by me)

It's so funny to see a believer in the myth that any rape accusation will ruin an athlete's reputation bump into an example that disproves the myth. Since their reputations are still fine, is this blogger doing his part to raise the profile of this case so he can continue to believe the myth?

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:37 AM   3 comments links to this post


At January 06, 2007 6:38 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

I don't know much about the case, but if a neighbor or co-worker were involved in a similar incident I wouldn't be sure they were innocent. I wouldn't be sure they were guilty either. I'd just be suspicious.

At January 08, 2007 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the accuser cannot positively identify the two men who raped her, why would you possibly want to inflict harm on the men that are innocent. It sounds to me as though you wish to violate an innocent person and strip them of their reputations, dignity, and self respect.

At January 08, 2007 11:52 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Anonymous, I don't want to inflict harm on innocent men and am not doing so in this post. You are reading your own biases and prejudices into what I wrote.


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