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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Seattle Times Continues to Bust the Huskies (and the City County)

posted by on January 29 at 9:13 AM


The Seattle TimesKen Armstrong and Nick Perry continue their series of reports on the University of Washington’s football team of 2000, the year the Huskies won the Rose Bowl, with a team reportedly packed with coddled criminals.

It’s an amazing report (here’s yesterday’s Slog processing of the first installment). Even the chapter titles are potboilers:

Day 1: Convicted of assault and accused of rape, star player received raft of second chances

Day 2: Key UW linebacker played entire season after his bloody print was tied to shooting

Day 3: To Huskies fans a tragic hero, to the courts a wanted felon

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You should change your headline, David. If you read the stories the Seattle Police consistently wanted to prosecute. It was the King County Prosecutors Office led by Norm Maleng and Dan Satterberg that didn't want to follow up.

Posted by tiptoe tommy | January 29, 2008 9:37 AM

Yer right, fixed, thanks.

Posted by David Schmader | January 29, 2008 10:02 AM

Part of the amazing part is how Armstrong and Perry are calling out their own newspaper, their fellow writers and columnists on non-coverage and bogus coverage.

Not calling them out by name, but dropping identifiable quotes and dates.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | January 29, 2008 10:16 AM

That new story makes me want to vomit.

They keep throwing in key little details amidst the gore and violence, like this: "At the UW, athletes get to sign up for classes before regular students." Well, of course they do. The athletes are demigods bringing glory to the Purple and Gold. The students are just scum. Parasites. Stupid assholes whining about their "education", while the university goes about its real business of coddling monsters who beat the crap out of their wives over and over.

Posted by Fnarf | January 29, 2008 10:22 AM

You're right, RonK. The Times and the P-I slobbered ENDLESSLY over Williams, when he was a player and for years afterward, until his death. There must have been two dozen articles about his "brave struggle". Of course, it's hard to choke women until they lose consciousness when you're paralyzed from the neck down.

I hope this series ends some careers and some practices at the UW. I'd like to see the number of oboe scholarships at the UW equal the number of tight ends. Where are the people (like Dan Evans, a big Husky booster, and Bill Gates) who are always bleating about our lack of competitiveness in education?

There's also a powerful element of racism in this. Big, young black bucks, putting their bodies on the line every week, without pay, for the amusement of white people. Spectacularly endowed slaves received special food and treatment too, you know.

And the way the dweeby rich white dudes, like Mike Hunsinger, like to go out to dinner with these big black men, and admire their muscles and their tattoos, assuring them that there's nothing to worry about with their court case, it's all taken care of, oh, and I know a guy who can get you an Escalade for practically nothing, just go stand over there in the light for a few minutes....

Posted by Fnarf | January 29, 2008 10:41 AM

At least one of them got what was coming to him.

Posted by monkey | January 29, 2008 11:04 AM

As I said yesterday, it's not about football, it's about money. Lots and lots of money.

Why are there more football scholarships than oboe scholarships? Because, football scholarships are profitable, and oboe scholarships are not.

College sports are a special case, because the athletes don't get any of the money (will, maybe the odd Escalade here and there). So, it's other people who are making the money, and, I suppose, these are the people who are protecting the criminals (aka their investment).

I wonder if any of this would've happened if WSU was also in Seattle. I'll bet the corruption is less widespread, particularly at government agencies, when there's more than one game in town.

Posted by Mahtli69 | January 29, 2008 11:12 AM

College football is not "profitable" except to a handful of people in the form of salaries. And the biggest salary of all, the University President, has the right and the obligation to say NO, this is not what we are here for. The football money stays with the football team -- it is a massively expensive program, with all of its special classes, special meals, special tutors (one per player per class, I believe), special gyms, special housing, and of course special legal teams. None of that money goes into the library, which is the heart of any university. None of those people, either.

Shut it down. No football at the UW for ten years, then start over from scratch, with all new rules. You don't have to have a great football team to have a great university; in fact, it's counterproductive. MIT's football team couldn't beat St. Mary's School for Troubled Girls.

Posted by Fnarf | January 29, 2008 11:30 AM

What can we do to get that rape victim to sue? I want to see Dan Satterberg and the entire UW football program in bankruptcy. Fuck, sue Norm Maleng's estate into bankruptcy too.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 29, 2008 11:39 AM

Ha! The Huskies suck. Jim Owens was a racist. Don James was a crook.

I can't wait for November 15th and Slick Rick's return to the scene of all the Husky crimes that pre-dated his regime, but for which he will be blamed.

Posted by DOUG. | January 29, 2008 11:46 AM

She already settled. I don't there's any avenue there.

I doubt she's reading this, but I hope she does, to see that there are a lot of people who are deeply outraged to see the treatment she received from the university and the city in which it is located, and to see her attacker's arms raised in triumph on the front page of the paper wearing "UW" on his helmet.

Maybe Charles Mudede would like to comment on the UW's "Swahili" "class" for football players, where they are only expected to learn the word for "hello". Such a proud academic tradition.

Ken Armstrong, Nick Perry -- you're my heroes.

Posted by Fnarf | January 29, 2008 11:51 AM

Never forget that certain key Dems helped Satterburg and other GOP people into office, to make this kind of behaviour happen.

If we had a Dem Prosecuting Attorney, like Bill, this would not be so.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 29, 2008 12:00 PM

Sadly, yes we would. Dems support the Huskies too.

Posted by Fnarf | January 29, 2008 12:01 PM

Hey DOUG. I can't think of any other message boards where you could trumpet your love of the Bruins. Can you? Do any exist online?

Can we focus on the fact that a bunch of rapist/criminal athletes got a free-ride here and leave the cheerleading to the cuties on the sideline during the game?

Posted by Jeff | January 29, 2008 12:37 PM

"I just lifted him up to God, telling Him to heal him, take care of him, look over him, and to bring him back to his family."

I think God finally got around to punishing Curtis Williams.

Posted by elswinger | January 29, 2008 12:45 PM

@14: I didn't mention the Bruins, just the 40-year legacy of UW football coaches with dubious character. It is the program's calling card.

But watch what happens in November. All the fans who turned a blind-eye to the behavior of Pharms, Stevens, Williams, etc, will be pointing their collective finger at Neuheisel, instead of at themselves.

Posted by DOUG. | January 29, 2008 1:01 PM

And also today, the P-I's Jim Moore wrote about the details behind Warren Moon's latest drunk driving arrest.

These Times reports have been fascinating. Granted, we all knew about Jerramy Stevens, but today's story on CW is easily the darkest, although his wife was an absolute idiot for sticking with an abusive husband for so long.

A die-hard Husky fan told me that he's not gonna bother reading "that garbage" and called it a hatchet job.

Posted by Jason Josephes | January 29, 2008 3:20 PM

Women with young children frequently stay with their batterers even after their bones have been broken, especially when their batterer has convincingly threatened to kill them if they leave.

Dawg fans: after this, you're scum too.

Posted by Fnarf | January 29, 2008 4:45 PM

#17: Williams was an absolute idiot--and criminal--for abusing his wife for so long. He should have been held accountable for his actions.

If Michelle had left, he would have just beat up and punched the next wife. And the next one. The wife leaving does not solve any problem. Maybe for her (if he didn't hunt her down and kill her), but he was an obvious sociopath who needed serious help and consequences for his actions.

Posted by please | January 29, 2008 6:22 PM

@ 16, you're so right, 2nd paragraph. when you point a finger at someone, you're also pointing three fingers at yourself.

Posted by from east of miss | January 29, 2008 7:08 PM

19: It's stupid to stay with an abuser. Even if he moved on and hit another woman, hopefully the next woman would have had the sense to leave, too. Shit, he had a piece of strange on the side who got attacked by Williams' wife at a game. The wife gets hit by the husband, husband cheats on the wife, wife beats up his mistress.

She's mad that a woman has come between her and her abusive husband? I'm sorry, but she's a fucking idiot. She had family she could go to, she declined to press charges on several occasions, but instead she was waiting for... what? Him to change? Hahaha! She came to her senses eventually, but she'd been a punching bag for a long time up until then.

Posted by Jason Josephes | January 29, 2008 7:21 PM

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