In late August, the Times published what it purported to be a comprehensive review of the case. As it turned out, the piece was riddled with factual errors, all of which tilted toward the prosecution.
- Reporter Duff Wilson incorrectly claimed that on March 16, Reade Seligmann was one of four players the accuser identified as attending the party. In fact, while she did identify four players with 100% certainty, Seligmann was not one of them; she was only 70% sure she even saw him.
incorrectly claimed that Kim Roberts labeled the accuser’s version of events a “crock” on March 22, suggesting that this day represented the only time Roberts denied the allegations to police. In fact, she uttered the word on March 20, and then denied the allegations again on March 22. Wilson incorrectly claimed that Kim Roberts stated to police that the accuser was “clearly sober.” In fact, Roberts never used those two words in her statement. Wilson
The fourth, and in many ways most serious, error:
Here was Wilson’s description:
The women, wearing see-through outfits, started dancing about midnight. A photo taken by one player shows two women together on the floor surrounded by seven young men, many holding drink cups. A few minutes later, one of the men said something about using a broomstick in a sexual manner. The dancers stopped. An argument ensued. Using a racial epithet, someone yelled that they had asked for white dancers, not black ones [emphasis added].
That much is agreed. It was 12:04 a.m. March 14. The question is, what happened in the next 30 to 50 minutes?
Ed Bradley did interview Kim Roberts. Here’s how Roberts described the night’s conclusion:
As Roberts prepared to drive away with “Precious,” she described one ugly final encounter with a lacrosse player who made a rude comment about Roberts’ appearance.
Asked how she responded, Roberts says, “I don’t know if I can say that on 60 Minutes.
“I called him a little [expletive] white boy,” she recalls laughing. “And how he couldn’t get it on his own and had to pay for it. So, he was mad. And it ended with him callin’ me the n-word. And it echoed, so you heard n….. once, and then you heard, n….., n….., n….. .
Roberts acknowledges that her taunting provoked that remark but tells Bradley, “But when I think about it again, I say he could’ve said black girl. You know what I mean? He could’ve said black girl. He didn’t have to go that route.”
A neighbor also told police he overheard a player yelling in Roberts’ direction “Thank your grandfather for my cotton shirt.”
At the time, the Times refused to run a correction on Wilson’s incorrect assertion regarding the statement “that much is agreed” that Seligmann and Finnerty were present at the time of the racially charged argument. Kim Roberts has now repeated the version of events she gave in the March 22 police statement that
Will the Times now, finally, run a correction?