Burness' comments reinforce the remarks yesterday of Bo Carrington--that Duke will not apologize in part for fear. The article concludes,
"We're expecting that there's probably going to be civil suits from folks trying to get money out of us, that comes with the turf." Burness said there is a segment of the population that has asked him if Duke will apologize to the players if their legal problems disappear. "I said," Burness replied, "for what?"Marcus also has lengthy quotes from the Coleman Committee Report. But he chooses items solely dealing with the team's alcohol-related behavior, and avoids any mention of the many positive things the report had to say about the team. He also praises the institution for its self-reflection, with no mention that the University has adamantly refused any self-reflection regarding faculty conduct. Selena Roberts couldn't have done it any better.
But perhaps the most explosive line is the following:
None of the three have attempted to return to Duke, where as one administrator said, they are "no choirboys," regardless of the outcome of the legal matters.President Brodhead's decision to lift the suspensions of Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty represented a welcome change of direction by Duke, a sense that the institution wanted to reach out to the two families. It appears as if the unnamed administrator disagreed with the president's decision and has decided to lash out under the cover of anonymity. I'd invite the unnamed administrator to look through this petition on Reade Seligmann's behalf, and ask him or her exactly how he or she would define "choirboy," and how many "choirboys" he or she thinks actually attend Duke.