Steubenville football coach knew athletes raped girl, 16, and still tried to shield them of prosecution: court evidence is the shocking–shocking, I say!–headline that the New York Daily News ran a few days ago.
Here’s are the opening grads of the story:
Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia not only knew that two of his players had sexually assaulted a teen-age girl during a booze-fueled night last August, he also tried to shield his athletes from prosecution, evidence presented during last week’s trial of the two players suggests.
Saccoccia, who has won three state championships and has been inducted into the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame, is just one of the Steubenville coaches, parents and students who could face criminal charges after a grand jury reviews evidence from the case next month.
Wow – that’s big new. The coach knew they had raped the victim and he shielded them? That’s huge.
So, I read the story. I was curious to see the proof that the coach 1) knew about the rape and 2) that he shielded the players.
I read and read. Nothing. Then finally:
Text messages and other evidence presented in last week’s trial suggested that Trent Mays in particular believed his status as a football star — and the privilege “Big Red” football enjoys in Steubenville — protected him from prosecution.
There it is — Trent Mays thought something. Allegedly.
Not only does The Daily News story by Christian Red and Michael O’Keefe not present a speck of evidence that Coach went along with this but it’s contradicted by the trial.
If there’s evidence that the coach knew they’d raped the victim, I have yet to see it. If there’s evidence of a cover-up, I have yet to see it.
Is there evidence of horrible reporting? Yes. Indeed. I’ve seen plenty of thst.