Just days from the Super Bowl, the Seattle Times brings us a powerful story of football, rape and forgiveness. The chief antagonist is Jerramy Stevens, a 6'7, 255-pound tight end on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2000 he played for the University of Washington Huskies, the third-ranked team in the country (and possibly the third-rapiest, given the three other Husky-on-"groupie" rapes alleged that same year.) But Stevens' case is special, in that it was enabled by so many administrators, authorities, lawyers, and coaches. In high school, where his dad was principal, Stevens served time for beating a friend with a baseball bat and some more time for failing his piss tests and punching through school walls. He should have lost his scholarship but there were lawyers, fans -- even Mormons -- ready to lobby, protest, and write letters on his behalf. In college, Stevens was stopped like 99 times for DUIs, hit-and-runs and driving with licenses that had been revoked due to DUIs and hit-and runs -- a harbinger, perhaps, of the DUIs that would follow in his NFL career. "Sometimes you have to give people a chance," they would say. "He's a good kid etc. etc." But Seattle police detective Maryanne Parker didn't believe it -- especially after, investigating a rape charge against Stevens, she found an email he'd written to another girl with whom he'd been romantically involved:
"i know that you are not going to beliewhat i have to say especially after satterday night but when i got your e-mail today i laughed a first but then it started to sink in and my heart started to break as i read over your words.
"i realize that i have [messed] up and I want to talk to you about being with you and how i can make it up to you. this is not a joke i want to have you in my arms and know that you are mine and ythat nothing that i have done or [a friend] has said caould ever change the way that i feel about you. when i think back to the night that i spent with you by ourselves i wish that i would have done one thing and that is, i wish i would have put ... "
Stevens then describes, in explicit terms, an anal-sex act he wanted to do to her. He closes with: "you whore dont ever utter my name again."
After sending it, Stevens showed the note to a teammate, who called it a "funny ass email."
So at this point it probably wouldn't surprise you that someone like Jerramy Stevens was accused of drugging a virgin sorority girl and anally-raping her in the alley next to a frat house. It probably also wouldn't surprise you that aiding him in this effort, directly aiding the cause of clemency for Jerramy in this crime, were the University of Washington Athletic director Barbara Hedges, then-head coach Rick Neuheisel, current head coach Keith Gilbertson, the University of Washington legal department -- who fought to get the accuser's name released in the civil aftermath after the rape case was dismissed -- King County prosecutors Norm Maleng, Dan Satterberg and Mark Larson, and lawyer and loyal UW football fan Mike Hunsinger, who represented Husky teammates in many cases for pennies on the billable hour.
And finally, it probably also wouldn't surprise you that most of these people had the same reasons for maintaining "reasonable doubt" for Jerramy: Girls are gold-diggers, groupies, looking for attention; as if there is no other reason for the existence of women, no other source of affirmation for them, than perpetuating that mythic higher caste occupied by men whose raw, caveman-like aggression keeps the fans in the seats, the donors sending checks, the Fortune 500 companies shelling out a million for thirty second spots, and the wheels of the economy in motion.
read the rest here. have a garbage can or something ready for when your lunch comes up.
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which is worse.. "jerramy" or "satterday"? i propose the latter as he was supposedly a college student and his parents most likely uneducated rednecksBy Mr. Faded Glory, at 7:09 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
I believe that what goes around comes around. The mofo will get his, albeit way too late.By Rich, at 7:35 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
I believe that what goes around comes around. The mofo will get his, albeit way too late.By Mr. Faded Glory, at 9:55 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
I don't believe this at all. Bad shit happens to good people, and vice versa, all the time for no "reason." The chances of something terrible happening to him are the same as it happening to the rest of us. It sucks, but hey, that's the universe.
I'm an optimist, dammit!!!!!!!By Rich, at 12:36 AM <$BlogItemControl$>
i'm with rich. in my experience they always get their own back, with interest. this story tho probably happens at every school, every year- if men got raped with the frequency that women do, we'd long since have instituted (at minimum) the death penalty for it.By June, at 4:42 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
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