Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.
Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.
How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.
In reality, everyone associated with the University of Louisville or even just simply living in Louisville knows that the University has been actively trying to fix what was wrong and comply with the NCAA ever since the allegations broke. In the past few years alone, the University has also unveiled the new program called CardSafe, which includes a more well lit path so that students can safely traverse campus at night. It also includes safety alerts which you can receive instantly on your phone, and you also have the option to receive on campus escorts in case you need to reach a part of campus that the “L Trail” does not reach. Unlike what one Mr. Rosenberg would suggest, the University of Louisville is not harboring a “dangerous culture for women”. It is indeed doing the exact opposite.
You want to see an athletic program creating a dangerous culture for women? Look no further than Baylor.
With what has gone on in the Baylor Bears football program, they have become the poster child for athletic programs maintaining a dangerous atmosphere for women. While most outlets do indeed give these stories coming out of Baylor their fair share of air time, these same outlets have appeared to withhold all of their judgement and criticism and have seem to have chosen to “wait until all the facts come out” before coming out with their criticisms of the Baylor program. At least that is the vibe that I have received this entire time.
Since these outlets have decided to take these stances of waiting until every single piece of information has decided to come out before making their opinions and stances on the matter known, let’s have a quick recap shall we?
Last month, a lawsuit surfaced accusing the Baylor program of implementing a “show em a good time” policy. What did this policy entail? According to the lawsuit, it let the Baylor players engage in “unrestricted activity” that “included but was not limited to”:
- Players arranging for women, alcohol and illegal drugs for parties when recruits were in town
- Paying for and escorting underage recruits to bars and strip clubs; and
- Paying for off campus football parties (which repeatedly resulted in gang rape of women by the athletes)
Now, lets take a look at that last bullet point. Gang rape of women by the athletes. The accuser in the lawsuit goes on to say that she was aware of at least 52 acts of rape by no less than 31 different players. FIFTY TWO acts of rape by THIRTY ONE different players, and this was just the sexual assaults that she even knew about. The lawsuit also states:
It remains to be seen if the off campus parties occurred at the same residence, but in a separate lawsuit, an accuser claims that she was “drugged and abducted” from an off campus residence associated with the football team. This same lawsuit goes on to call Baylor a “hunting ground for sexual predators”, and further claims that “Sexual assault issues at Baylor were not an ‘athletic department issue,’ but were an institution-wide problem that Baylor and Baylor regents failed to properly address”.
All of these players were committing all of these egregious acts, and where was Art Briles during this? Well, recent documents have revealed that Art Briles was actively trying to cover up the whole thing. Himself, as well as former athletic director Ian McCaw and former director of football operations Colin Shillinglaw were all attempting to cover up the atrocities committed by their players. Art Briles had actually filed a libel lawsuit against Baylor University, but when these documents were released, he dropped the suit. Even ESPN’s Outside The Lines when they were doing their investigative work on the subject started to suspect that even the Waco PD was trying to cover it up as well. Even just this past weekend, members of the Baylor coaching staff are still holding on to the notions of the past coaching staff when it was revealed that their strength and conditioning coach was busted in a prostitution sting.
This is what we know so far about Baylor, and I have this sinking feeling that there is still more to come from this whole situation. How much more information do the talking heads need? Where is the criticism towards the Baylor program? Where are the slam pieces calling Baylor a dangerous atmosphere for women? Oh wait, that’s right. All the talking heads and the pundits are too busy taking jabs and cracking jokes about Louisville’s scandal because its low hanging fruit and its an easy and lazy take to have. Everyone wants to talk about paying strippers to have sex with a recruit. But the moment those recruits start raping the escorts? When the players already enrolled help the recruits rape the escorts? When documents emerge saying the coaching staff knew about these atrocities and were trying to cover it up? Crickets. No one wants to talk about that. It’s too dark. Louisville may have done some pretty boneheaded things, but at the end of the day, Louisville is actively trying to correct what had happened and are trying to make campus safer for every young lady who decides to become a Cardinal. Baylor was the program who permanently impacted and shattered dozens of lives, and they didn’t give a single damn about it. Louisville deserves their punishment (which for the most part has already been served), but Baylor deserves the death penalty. Both the student athletes and the faculty were actively destroying lives and covering it up, and they deserve to be hammered. These women deserve to have a voice for the wrongs that were committed against them, and the national sports media is doing them a complete and utter disservice by not talking about this more. For that, shame on you.