Sean O'Shea by Sean O'Shea
A tragic rush in Lizzy Seeberg case to accuse Notre Dame footballer of rape is all wrong
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 11:49 PM
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Notre Dame is between a rock and a hard place on the suicide of Lizzy Seeberg, pictured, the young woman who took her life after allegedly being assaulted by a Notre Dame player.
She was known to suffer from depression.
Many websites and newspapers have been critical of Notre Dame for continuing to suit up the player and not benching him for the season.
That sounds like lynch law to me and I have one sentence for those who want to see it happen --Remember the Duke lacrosse team.
That was a famous case where three players were convicted in the court of public opinion of raping a black girl .
Turned out the entire affair was a hoax.
On April 11, 2007, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped all charges and declared the three players innocent.
Cooper stated that the charged players – Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans – were victims of a "tragic rush to accuse."
A tragic rush to accuse sounds like a similar accusation in this case.
I'm not saying that the Seeberg case will turn out the same way, but I respect Notre Dame authorities for seeking the whole truth before they destroy another young life with what may be unjustified innuendo.
The player himself will no doubt be questioned and evidence from all available sources will be weighed up. He is entitled to the presumption of innocence and to play football for Notre Dame until such time as he is proven guilty or admits to the offense.
Until then university authorities are completely correct to stay silent.
A young woman has died intragic circumstances. We must find out the truth of what happened to ensure fair play for everyone concerned.