PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
What many, many, many having been saying for a while. Todd Lighty and Stacy St. Clair of The Chicago Tribune, practically an arm of ND's publicity machine, ran several pieces on this tragedy two years ago and op-ed columnist Dennis Byrne followed up with a more scathing review of their shifty positioning in the wake of the expose. All to a collective yawn from ND and the larger sports world. I applaud Henneberger for daring to be the wet blanket here while everyone else cozies up to the Fighting Irish fire; the eyes of the college football world are on the national championship game and the Manti T'eo story. Hopefully, more than a few of those same eyes will stumble across this very sad story and look for answers from South Bend. However, I'm not holding my breath.
I have several friends, one of which I am pretty close with, and a few family members who went to St. Mary's in South Bend. All of them, at one time or another, mentioned how girls have been raped by football team members. To what extent was the number of women who had to suffer through the ordeal, I wouldn't know...I never bothered to ask as it wasn't necessarily a topic of conversation that I wanted to get into at the time. I will say that after I heard each one say something I wondered why nothing was ever done. In the light of the Jerry Sandusky stuff, I think we all have a good grasp as to why this does happen now. Football runs these colleges. If you're a football player, marginal even, you can get away with a lot of stuff. It's unfortunate but it's true. We've essentially allowed it to become this way (and by we I am generalizing and mean society). Even in my days at OSU, I used to play cards with several high profile guys and on occasion would meet up with them at bars and I'd get in free of charge, get rounds of free drinks, etc. That's so miniscule but you get the point...football players can do whatever they want.
In this regard, someone does need to step up and I'm glad to see that Melinda Henneberger is daring enough to do just that. Will it amount to anything? I don't know and, like EvanstonBuckeye, I'm not going to hold my breath. But at least a story is being made public. In the large arena that is the public, being an ND fan is just a minor percentage of that and if the demand is big enough, something can be done. Let's hope this happens in some way.
I do know this, though...everyone of those women that I am friends with who had an idea of what had been going on, they are all cheering for Notre Dame. Maybe it'd be different if they were a victim (thank God they are not) but they're not and they can cheer for a team that they love.
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