Saturday, December 8, 2012

News Flash - Monopolistic Tyrants Feel They Can Act With Impunity

"Not that that mattered. The N.C.A.A.'s Committee on Infractions concluded that Lake was believable, McNair was not, and that the coach was guilty of "unethical conduct." Thus labeled, McNair's coaching career was effectively destroyed.  McNair then sued the N.C.A.A. for defamation - and here, I happily concede, is where the story becomes anything but stale. About two weeks ago, Frederick Shaller, a superior court judge in Los Angeles, issued a tentative ruling, saying that McNair "has shown a probability of prevailing on the defamation claims." He also denied the N.C.A.A.'s request to put the e-mails and other evidence that had led him to this conclusion under seal.  The evidence is simply beyond the pale. To find McNair guilty of unethical conduct, the enforcement staff had to put words into Lake's mouth that he never uttered. It botched its questioning of McNair - and then, realizing its mistake, chose not to re-interview him. One enforcement official sent a back-channel e-mail describing McNair as "a lying, morally bankrupt criminal." And that's just for starters."

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