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Duke settles lacrosse lawsuit

Posted February 23, 2011
Updated April 15, 2011

— Duke University has settled a lawsuit involving the cost of a case involving its lacrosse team.

Three former players were suspended from the university after a stripper falsely accused them of rape.

The university wanted its insurance company to pay the settlement with the students. Duke filed a lawsuit when National Union Fire Insurance Company refused to do so.

Duke ended up paying the settlements.


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  • RM24 Feb 25, 2011

    Duke grad here, and lover of all things Duke.You have got to be kidding me:

    Sorry to hear that. jk. I think everyone hates to see something happen to innocent kids.

  • You have got to be kidding me Feb 24, 2011

    Duke grad here, and lover of all things Duke. That said, I'm glad Duke had to reach into its own wallet. Broadhead, like every other oh so politically correct academic, couldn't bring himself to offer these boys the presumption of innocence, even though their early actions (including volunteering for DNA testing, without advice of counsel) screamed their innocence. I would fire Broadhead today, were I on the board.

  • RM24 Feb 24, 2011

    rightisright58: Oh yes I remember.

  • rightisright58 Feb 24, 2011

    RM24: once again, you are correct. Let's not forget to mention about Crystal Mangum's latest dance with the law either...

  • RM24 Feb 24, 2011

    Just remember these students/Lacross players lives will never be the same because of this. The life they would have had will never be the exact same as the course they were on. Now they may still be successful but it will not be the same as it was originally. How do you put a $$$ value on that? There were also many other groups that jumped in to put their two cents worth in. Have they even made an apology? There were all over and riding along the top of the band wagon screaming guilty guilty guilty. But I imagine that's all forgotten.

  • rightisright58 Feb 24, 2011

    fzero: Disbarred, lost his job as D.A., disgraced, and I heard filed for bankruptcy. I'm not sure who would touch him after what he did. To me, he lost ALL credibility. If you are the top prosecutor in a county and are seeking the truth and you know the facts are simply not there, you don't keep pushing in order to promote personal gain. Like I said, he got his.

  • fzero Feb 24, 2011

    "He got his and Duke got theirs!!"

    Whatever happened to Nifong? Last I heard he was filing for bankruptcy. Anything happen since then? Is he even working?

  • RM24 Feb 24, 2011

    rightisright58: You are correct. I am sure he felt he would win and all he could see was how high this would elevate his political career to. I hope all involved have learned what happens when you jump to conclusions.

  • rightisright58 Feb 24, 2011

    RM24: I've been reading your comments for several months now and I haven't seen anything that I can say that I disagree with. You are open, honest, usually factually backed, and I want to say that I respect your opinion. Just keep them coming!

    Now, my opinion. Then Durham County D.A. Mike Nifong wanted so badly to be re-elected that he sold his soul and would have done anything to ensure his spot back in office. What better place to be in than to go after three white guys with a black accuser?? He spurned their pleadings of innocence even when one had the proof of an ATM receipt and a camera that showed he was somewhere else at the time! Just goes to show you, that sometimes you actually get what you deserve! He got his and Duke got theirs!!

  • RM24 Feb 24, 2011

    I HOPE it cost them MILLIONS! That is what you get when you JUMP to conclusions without evidence. I was not a fan of Duke or anything in Durham before this but I definitely have no respect for them now. If it would have been a member of the BASKETBALL team this would have had a totally different outcome.