Mike Wise is back with another column in this morning’s Washington Post, this one criticizing the Duke lacrosse team for distracting media attention from Johns Hopkins. “Duke,” Wise complained, “received more attention for what was wrong with lacrosse in the past year than all the things that have been right with the sport at a place like
Mike Wise is a sportswriter at the Washington Post, just down the road from Johns Hopkins’ campus in
He wrote zero articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse in 2005.
He wrote zero articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse in 2006.
Until last Friday, he had written zero articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse in 2007.
And Wise is blaming the Duke lacrosse team for the failure of the sports media—of which, of course, he is a part—to write articles about Johns Hopkins lacrosse.
Wise additionally quoted Johns Hopkins captain Jake Byrne, who remarked that the Duke situation “brought us negativity and didn’t make people in the sport out to be the right kind of people.” Neither Wise nor Bryne explained what “the right kind of people” were, nor did they--appropriately--generalize to an entire program the mistakes of one or two players, even when those mistakes are far more serious than anything done by a player at Duke.