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The Duke Chronicle Alleges Rasheed Sulaimon Was Dismissed From The Team For Multiple Rape Accusations In Possibly “The Next Big Duke Scandal”
Mar 211:15AM EST

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Duke Chronicle

Rasheed Sulaimon’s dismissal from the Duke basketball program is clouded by allegations of sexual assault, which surfaced nearly a year before he was released from the team in January. Multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed that members of the athletic department were made aware of the allegations as early as March 2014.

The Duke men’s basketball department has not provided a detailed explanation of the dismissal, which was the first in head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 35 years at the helm of the program. Sulaimon, a junior, was dismissed from the Duke basketball team Jan. 29 after he “repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations,” Krzyzewski said in his official statement.

Separate allegations of sexual assault by Sulaimon came from two female students in the 2013-14 academic year. Both students voiced allegations publicly, but neither filed a complaint through the Office of Student Conduct or took legal action through the Durham Police Department. The students declined to discuss their allegations with The Chronicle.

In October 2013, a female student said in a large group session at the student-led diversity retreat Common Ground that Sulaimon had sexually assaulted her, three retreat participants said. At the following semester’s Common Ground retreat beginning in February 2014, a second female student said she had been sexually assaulted by Sulaimon, according to four retreat participants.

Common Ground is a four-day retreat in which students discuss identity—including issues involving race, socioeconomic status, gender and sexuality—through interaction with other participants, discussion groups and personal narratives. The retreat is held once each semester, with 56 participants selected from a student applicant pool.

The allegations were brought to the attention of a team psychologist in March 2014, the anonymous affiliate said. That month, the allegations were brought to Krzyzewski and assistant coaches Jon Scheyer and Nate James and associate head coach Jeff Capel.

“Nothing happened after months and months of talking about [the sexual assault allegations],” the anonymous affiliate said. “The University administration knew. Kevin White knew, Mike Cragg knew.”

The fear of backlash from the Duke fan base was a factor in the female students’ decision not to pursue the allegations, sources close to the women said. “[The Jameis Winston sexual assault case reaction] would be the same from a fan base as large and as passionate as Duke’s,” the anonymous affiliate said


Senior Lincoln Wensley, a former secretary in the Duke basketball office and current intern for the Office of News and Communications, became aware of the allegations Jan. 21, 2015 when he heard a fellow intern mentioning what she called “the next big Duke scandal.”




Pretty good rule of thumb I’m picking up on here lately.  When a really good player is completely kicked off the team suddenly, just gets the boot seemingly out of nowhere – it’s not going to be for the first reason they give you.  You’re not getting flat out dismissed for a mean text (cough couch Chris Jones), and it doesn’t look like you’re getting released for “struggling to meet necessary obligations.”  Unless of course those “necessary obligations” Coach K was talking about are “being a normal human being who doesn’t sexually assault people in a society,” allegedly.



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Do I think this is “the next big Duke scandal” like the student journalist suggested?  Probably a little overblown.  And I definitely wouldn’t jump to any conclusions and drop that “allegedly” tag without some hard facts and an actual legal conviction, especially in today’s climate where rape allegations spread through the internet like wildfire and make everyone pick up their pitchforks prematurely.   But where there’s smoke there’s fire, and a major member of the #4 team in the country being unceremoniously kicked off the team and told not to come back followed by some actual recorded events of sexual assault allegations coming out and seemingly not dealt with for a year is not a great look.  Coach K haters, it’s game time for you.

CMU Player Comes An Inch Away From Getting Splattered By Collapsing Hoop
Mar 210:50AM EST




Anyone ever died on the court from a hoop falling on their dome?  I’m pretty good with basketball history, don’t think I can recall that happening though.  Don’t get me wrong I would never wish that on anyone, just saying, can’t really argue the greatest posterization facial dunk in history would be slamming the entire hoop and basket down onto a bro’s head and splattering him into a million pieces.  Take those “RIP Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.11.55 AMScreen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.11.55 AMScreen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.11.55 AM ” tweets to a whole new level and make my Vine account explode.






PS – Ripping the entire hoop down Shaq-style is cool no doubt, but nothing tops a backboard glass shattering dunk. Something so primal and awesome about slamming so hard that it rains glass down on your head as your come down from the rim, Chocolate Thunder style.



Syracuse Lax Brahs Run The Hidden Ball Trick To Perfection
Mar 210:10AM EST




Brahhhhh you see that brah?  Best lax hidden ball trick I’ve ever seen, in all my time watching lax.





Lax doesn’t get enough credit around here in my opinion, just as big and hard working athletes as any other sport we post about.  People say you’re only here because your grandpa donated half the buildings, and I’m like you know what, false.  Always work hard.  D1, club, whatever doesn’t matter, D1 level never stops.  Nantucket, ACK LAX, first screen name when I was a kid, you know.



Game of Thrones Dropped Not One But Two New Clips This Weekend That Will Make You Depressed The Season Doesn’t Start Today
Mar 29:30AM EST









Kind of wish I didn’t even see these to be honest, could have been a huge mistake starting the week off this way.  Ignorance has been bliss but now all I can think about is over a month until GOT comes back.  Been desperately trying to fill the void with binge watching all over Netflix and Amazon Prime, catching up with some DVR’ed episodes of whatever’s on now.  Occupying the real estate of my brain with stuff like Better Call Saul and the Americans.  Bottom line is it’s all just filler in between Thrones seasons.   There are good shows, great shows and then there are TV events which is every episode of Thrones – phones off, lights off, no distractions for an hour, always end up satisfied but wanting more, little bit of pre-cum in the pants.  Bart Scott voice, can’t wait.



Barstool U Monday Morning Smokeshow – Taylor from Kansas
Mar 29:20AM EST

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Introducing Taylor from KU, starting the week off with a little Rock Chalk.


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Charleston Mop Boy Gets Euro Stepped Into Bolivian
Mar 12:02PM EST


The James Harden school of offense meets the James Harden school of defense.

People Are So Pissed Off That SNL Did A Skit With An ISIS Punchline, Fire Up The Internet Outrage Machine
Mar 110:22AM EST

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50 Shades of Grey chick Dakota Johnson hosted last night’s Saturday Night Live and was precisely as good as you’d expect someone to be after becoming famous for being tied up and fucked in the butt in a movie. But this skit was the only noteworthy one and people got all sorts of worked up (surprisingly the brilliant #SNLNeedsCancelled hashtag in the last tweet didn’t go viral though) because ISIS is something you “don’t joke about.” Internet Outrage 101: I don’t like it so it shouldn’t exist.


So where are we standing on this one? Personally I think it’s edgy and pretty funny in a way SNL often isn’t these days — maybe that’s why it’s so jarring to see — and it’s tied to something in the news with ISIS recruiting regular white chicks. It’s not like they had her sawing off Hulk Hogan’s head while a sad slowed down version of “Real American” played. And sometimes the best way to take power away from something truly dangerous is through parody. Speaking about ISIS only in whispers and horrible things they want us to see does nothing but further their agenda. Plus it’s just a good spin on the trite “kid going to college” ads. Just let a joke show do jokes sometimes, angry people of the Internet.


PS That chick in the last tweet is really good at Twitter:

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(via Uproxx)

In The Biggest Upset Of The College Hoops Season, Joe Lunardi’s Hair May Somehow Be Real
Feb 287:12PM EST

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Yeah ok, nice try, Joey Brackets. This is faker than the moon landing.  Pull harder, Miles, stop being such a lacky bitch.  The truth is at stake here.  The truth!

Montrezl Harrell Messed Around And Killed Somebody Again
Feb 2812:36PM EST



A halfcourt alleyoop posterization facial, don’t see that one everyday.

Guys please, for the love of God, stop trying to block Montrezl.  If you see the ball in the air, and know that #24 is checked in and on the court somewhere, just run the other way.  Better yet drop down and get into the fetal position immediately.   Guy is not human.


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All Hands On Deck, We Need To Find Max Maisel #FindMax
Feb 2812:27PM EST




ROCHESTER, N.Y. The five-bedroom vacation home that sits on the shore of Lake Ontario is usually vacant this time of year. It’s a beautiful house where the Maisel and Murray families gather during the summer when there is laughter and warmth in the air among mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters, and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Now there is just concern, anxiety and fear.

“We’re praying very, very hard. This is the worst thing,” said Meg Murray, whose 21-year-old son Max Maisel has been missing since Sunday night. ”We miss him and we can’t wait to see him.”

Max is 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds, his parents said. The junior at Rochester Institute of Technology wears dark-rimmed glasses and his vehicle, a bronze 2004 Acura SUV, was found at the Charlotte Pier. Anyone with any information that could help police find Maisel is asked to call 911.

Rochester Police Department investigators are working to piece together clues, the family said during an interview Thursday afternoon. Max Maisel was last seen around 8 p.m. Sunday by a passerby at the pier, about a mile from the Beach Avenue home the family has owned since 1999. It was windy and snowy Sunday night, but Max was dressed for the frigid weather, the passerby said, according to Max’s father, Ivan Maisel.

“There was a guy who saw him get out of his car,” said Ivan Maisel, a well-known senior writer for who covers college football. “The guy left and came back and the car was still there, and that unnerved him and he called the police.”

Maisel’s parents were contacted Monday night and made the 370-mile drive from their Fairfield, Connecticut, home Tuesday morning. Max had left his apartment on the RIT campus, where he is studying photography, on Sunday. He didn’t have his camera or his phone with him, but his parents said that wasn’t uncommon. “He’s not tied to his phone,” his mother said.

Ivan Maisel said he and his wife each texted Max last week and received responses from him. “We called him at some point over the weekend, and didn’t hear back from him but that wasn’t unusual,” Ivan Maisel said. “He’s not a talkative kid when you’re in the same room with him.”

The family said they’re not aware of anyone who’d want to harm Max. Police and a SCUBA team were seen searching near the pier on Thursday.

Officials at RIT, where the family visited Max’s apartment on Wednesday, have been very helpful, said Max’s parents, who met with RPD chief Michael Ciminelli on Thursday morning. “Investigators have been texting us. Everyone has given us access to them. They’ve all been terrific,” Meg Murray said.



Very, very sad story.  If you hadn’t heard yet, Max Maisel, son of Ivan Maisel, a college football writer for ESPN, has been missing for almost a week now.  He’s a junior at RIT and was last seen at Charlotte Pier on Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY.  I don’t even want to speculate on what may have happened or what’s going on because that’s disrespectful to the family, but if you happen to have any seen or heard anything that could be even of the slightest help at all, please reach out to the Rochester police department as soon as you possibly can.  It’s been frigid cold in Western New York this past week so I am sending all my prayers up that Max is safe somewhere.  #FindMax