Duke lacrosse investigator Mark Gottlieb commits suicide

Mark GottliebMark Gottlieb, one of the lead investigators in the 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case, committed suicide over the weekend, WRAL reports.

According to WRAL, Gottlieb died on Saturday in Georgia at the age of 51. The cause of death was not known.

Gottlieb was the supervisor in the case where three members of Duke’s lacrosse team were indicted for allegedly raping and beating a stripper. The case was later dropped after we learned the woman made up the claims. Gottlieb was one of several people who faced civil suits for botching the investigation and bringing forth the charges. He also had a history of being harsh on Duke students.

Gottlieb moved from North Carolina to Georgia after retiring from the police department and began working as a paramedic, according to WRAL.

Related: Accuser Crystal Mangum charged with assault in stabbing

Duke Lacrosse Accuser Crystal Mangum Charged with Assault in Stabbing

The former stripper who accused several members of Duke’s lacrosse team of raping her in 2006, Crystal Mangum, finds herself in trouble yet again. I say “again” because Mangum also got into trouble a year ago and had to spend time in jail for charges of attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer. Yeah, that shopping list all came after a fight with her boyfriend.

Well guess what? Mangum has a new boyfriend, but is going through the same problems.

WRAL reports that Mangum has been accused of stabbing her boyfriend and she’s being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. A friend of the boyfriend says the victim was stabbed several times and is in “bad shape,” unfortunately.

Much like the warning we issued to Chuck Knoblauch, this guy should have known better. Before you get together with a girl, do your research man, it will save you in the end.

By the way, where is all the media now to apologize to the Duke players for ruining their reputations over this story? If the school president could do it, why can’t you?

Clemens Lawyer Rusty Hardin: This Is Second Coming of Duke Lacrosse Case

In the half hour Roger Clemens propaganda rally Thursday, there was one statement that stood out to me. It was made by Clemens’ attorney Rusty Hardin, who did most of the speaking. Nothing much they had to say penetrated my skull except for this piercing blast by Mr. Hardin:

“You are about to see the second edition of the Duke case,” attorney Rusty Hardin said at a press conference in Washington. “I warn you, in five, six or seven months, any of you who got on the bandwagon about Roger taking steroids is going to be embarrassed. It’s a fabricated story.”

Well, I’m riding shotgun on this bandwagon. Hell, I’m the one steering the freakin’ rig. No doubt that crosses me sharply. Am I really getting sucked in and duped like the media and public were by that slimeball Mike Nifong? Could the public be as wrong about Clemens as they were about Duke Lacrosse? Count me as someone in the minority who thought the Duke Lacrosse charges were bogus to begin with. Am I in the majority here and doing the wrong thing by indicting Clemens based on the word of Brian McNamee? There wasn’t one moment all along that I doubted Roger Clemens was a user. But if anything disturbed my stance, it was this exact quote by Hardin; he’s forced me to re-check myself, and all of a sudden I’m feeling slightly uncomfortable.

Year and a Half Later, Duke President Apologizes to Lacrosse Players

Gotta give kudos to my man Michael David Smith at FanHouse for being on top of this story over the weekend. Came down that Richard Broadhead, who to recap, assumed the players were guilty, called off the season, and fired the coach, all over some erroneous accusations by a hooker. And what did the lacrosse players get in return? An apology from Broadhead, a year and a half later, after their careers at Duke were over, and their reputations ruined:

First and foremost, I regret our failure to reach out to the lacrosse players and their families in this time of extraordinary peril. Given the complexities of the case, getting this communication right would never have been easy. But the fact is that we did not get it right, causing the families to feel abandoned when they most needed support. This was a mistake. I take responsibility for it, and I apologize.

Yeah, both you and D.A. Mike Nifong who tried to leverage the situation into political gain. Just what we need after all the damage has been done. Not like you were at all presumptuous in your actions. Some good the apology does now.

She’s a Hooker and a Stripper, Not a Dancer

This is really something I’ve stewed over for the past year or so, dating back to the time when the Duke lacrosse story was being reported on a regular basis. And to this day, when reference is made to the Duke lacrosse team, most notably on Monday when they lost in the national championship game to Johns Hopkins, their rape case is synonymously noted. But one thing about every mention bothers me. Sports anchors and sports writers insist on referring to the woman in question, who clearly made up most of her allegations, as an “exotic dancer.”

Bullshit. Can we just quit those references from here on out? Let’s just call her what she really is — a hooker and a fucking stripper. Welcome to reality. The woman’s a whore. Literally. So why does everyone have to try and be PC about it, calling her an “exotic dancer?” That my friends, is twisting the truth. Because unless she’s nailing double-headed dildos, there’s nothing exotic about what she does. She’s a hooker and a stripper, got it? Thanks.

Duke Lacrosse Players Are Free

This is all you need to know to understand my thoughts on the whole case. Only this is much more tame than what I have to offer.

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