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CALENDAR
april
{COVER P 7 - 8
• New Allegations in the Ongoing SU
Sports Program Saga
{local P 4
• Syracuse Activist Daryl Files Awarded
2013 Woman of the Year
• Syracuse 2013 - 2014 Budget
Submitted
• Syracuse Guard Michael Carter-
Williams Decides to Enter NBA Draft
After Loss in Final Four
{STATE P 5
• Governor Andrew Cuomo, NY District
Attorneys Plan Corruption Reform
• NY May let County Jails close Law
Libraries, Provide Inmates Online Legal
Resources
{political P 5
• Biden Threats to Blcok Gun Bill
‘Embarrasing’
{OPINIONS/EDITORIAL P 10-11
• Thousands of NFL Players Suing Over
Brain Damage Caused by Years of Play

By Dr. Boyce Watkins
• The State of Equality and Justice in
America: ‘No One Can Change the
Charge’
By E. Faye Williams, Esq.
In This Issue:
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Tommy Davidson
Time: 7:30pm-9:45pm
Locaton: FunnyBone Comedy Club - 10301
Destny USA Drive
Tommy Davidson’s exceptonal range
– from stand-up comedy and actng to
versatle music ability – have earned him a
reputaton as an extraordinary performer.
Best known as one of the original stars
of the hit television show In Living Color,
Tommy’s visibility increased rapidly and he
became widely known for his innovatve
talent. Contact: 315-423-8669
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Bringing the World Together in Syracuse
Time: 6:30 pm
Locaton: Palace Theatre - 2384 James
Street
Please Join us for a night of live
entertainment and delicious cuisine
featuring a silent aucton and cross-
cultural sharing!
Contact: Theresa Pagano 315-744-3831
13
Central New York Maple Festval
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Locaton: CNY Maple Festval Grounds -
Cortland Street & Route 221
Come and enjoy this annual event which
features wonderful music, beautful crafs,
awesome food - including a pancake
breakfast, and much more! Celebratng 43
years, the CNY Maple Festval in Marathon,
NY is great sweet way to brighten up your
weekend! Contact: Contact: 607-745-7710
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CNY Day of Percussion
Time: 12:00pm–6:00pm
Locaton: Onondaga Community College -
4585 W. Seneca Turnpike
It is a full day of clinics and concerts
featuring internatonally renowned artsts,
local artsts, OCC students, and area high
school students. Clinics and performances
this year will feature John Riley, Andy
Harnsberger, Kay Stonefelt, Portal,
Iktus, Auburn HS Percussion Ensemble,
Jamesville-Dewit MS Percussion
Ensemble, Central New York All-Star
Percussion Ensemble (with Kay Stonefelt,
conductor), OCC Percussion Ensemble &
the OCC Afro-Cuban Ensemble. On-site
registraton starts at noon and contnues
throughout the day. There is a $10.00
fee to pay for clinicians and expenses.
The fnal concert featuring CNY All-
Star Percussion Ensemble and the OCC
Percussion Ensemble begins at 5:00pm.
The fnal concert is free and open to the
public.
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Party for the Planet
Time: 10:00am–4:30pm
Locaton: Rosamond Giford Zoo - 1
Conservaton Place
Join the zoo in celebratng Earth Day
2012! Learn about the zoo’s eforts to
protect wildlife and the environment and
see how you and your family can make a
diference, too! Enjoy endangered animal
demonstratons and keeper talks, tours of
our “green” building and “Flora for Fauna”
garden, puppet shows and “green” booths
and exhibitors.
Admission Info: Free with paid zoo
admission
25
15th Annual YWCA Day of Commitment
Luncheon
Time: 11:30am
Locaton : SRC Arena at Onondaga
Community College
The luncheon will begin at noon
(registraton begins at 11:30 a.m.)
and feature keynote speaker Theresa
Mohamed, professor and former chair of
the Department of English at Onondaga
Community College. Twenty-eight
community members will be inducted into
the YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers
for their work to make a diference in the
community, both locally and globally.). To
purchase tckets, call the YWCA at (315)
424-0040 or email ywcaadmin@cnymail.
com.
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An Evening of Jazz and Wine Tastng
Time: 6:30pm–9:00pm
Lopcaton: Community Folk Art Center -
805 E. Genesee Street
WAER and Community Folk Art Center
Present: An Evening of Jazz and Wine
Tastng.
Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) will
be hostng its Annual Evening of Jazz and
Wine Tastng on Friday, April 26th at 6:30
pm. This event will feature a performance
from Syracuse based Latn American band
Grupo Pagan, and the tastng of local
wines. Admission Info: $25
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OUTREACH - The Columbian Presbyterian
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Memorial Day Beneft for LaFayete
Outreach, Inc. (our local food pantry and
service-referral agency) on Monday May
27, from 8:00 am- 12:00 noon, on the
church grounds at the corner of routes 11
& 20, LaFayete. The event will consist of
a silent aucton, bake sale, plant sale,”Red,
White & Blue Ice Cream Sundaes”, and
free Kid’s Craf Area. There will be some
new and excitng actvites for this year’s
event, so plan on atending (...and bring
your camera!) . For more informaton or
to help out: 315-677-3293, or cpresbyt@
twcny.rr.com .
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Syracuse Activist Daryl Files Awarded 2013 Syracuse Woman of the Year
North Side business owner, community
organizer actvist Daryl Files was
awarded the 2013 Woman of the Year
Award. A ceremony honoring Daryl
and recognizing other nominees was
held on March 27th in the Atrium of
City Hall Commons.
“It is always a great honor to give
recogniton to one of the many
unsung heroines who serves our
neighborhoods,” said Syracuse Mayor
Stephanie A. Miner.
A long-tme North Side resident, Daryl
Files is a retred small business owner.
She is a community organizer who
has been focused on neighborhood
preservaton, women’s empowerment
and working with the new American
community. She has been actve in
several organizatons and initatves
including the Interfaith Works’ Center
for New Americans and Women
Transcending Boundaries.
“Daryl Files is a champion of many
causes and the North Side is a beter
place because of her,” Miner said.
She works to revitalize the Buternut
Street Corridor through her Buternut
Style Initatve and the worked to
establish the Tapestry Garden. She
was also an organizer of the A-OK!
weekend of service.
The Syracuse Commission for Women,
which made the call for nominees in
February and selected Files in March,
was established in the 1980s to advise
the Mayor on women’s issues in the
community. Today, the Commission
consists of ten members and focuses
on organizing and empowering women
and girls throughout the community
and empowering volunteerism across
the city.
Other nominees for the 2013 Woman
of the Year award were: Willie
Mary Andrews, Marilyn Higgins,
Dorothy Mathews, Agnes McCray,
Laura Serway, Cindy Seymour, Diane
Turner, and Rose Viviano. They will
also be recognized for their ongoing
community actvism at the 2013
Woman of the Year award ceremony.
Daryl Files
Syracuse 2013-2014 Budget Submitted
The Syracuse budget for the 2013-
2014 fscal year has was submited to
the Common Council Monday morning
by Mayor Stephanie A. Miner.
The school budget is 2.2 percent larger
than last year. The city will contnue
to invest $1 million in support of the
Say Yes to Educaton program, which
is a program that provides internships,
mentoring, and networking
opportunites for Syracuse City School
District graduates and also promises
free tuiton for SCSD graduates who
meet certain requirements.
There will be an increase of less than
a quarter of a percent for the rest of
the budget. There are no increases in
property taxes, water or sewer rates.
There was a $4 million raise in pension
and healthcare costs.
The city will not partcipate in a state
authorized borrowing program to
cover those costs, however, there
will be cuts to operatng budgets to
supplement these costs by a decrease
in funding of approximately $4 million.
Most of the savings are coming from
the police and fre departments.
Miner’s budget contains the closure
of fre staton seven. Rather than pay
more than $1 million to keep it open,
the city wants to close the staton on
East Fayete Street. The fre house
responded to six thousand emergency
calls last year on the city’s east side.
The staton’s frefghters would be
relocated to other statons, but
some fre ofcials are worried about
response tmes due to the amount
of emergency calls received from the
east side of the city.
According to the budget, residents
of Syracuse will not have their taxes
increased.
By Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Four days afer
Syracuse lost in the natonal semifnals
of the NCAA tournament, star point
guard Michael Carter-Williams has
decided to enter the NBA draf.
“I want to thank coach (Jim) Boeheim
and all the coaches for the amazing
experience I’ve had playing basketball
at Syracuse,” Carter-Williams said in a
statement Wednesday. “I also want to
thank my current and past teammates
because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t
be able to chase my lifelong dreams.
“In additon, the fans, who have been
unbelievable from the moment I got
here, I’ll always be a proud member of
the Syracuse program.”
The 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams started
all 40 games for the Orange this
season. He fnished ffh natonally in
assist average (7.3) and fourth in steals
(2.78) among Division I players, and
also averaged 11.9 points and a team-
best 35.2 minutes.
His star rose greatly in the postseason
as he led Syracuse on a scintllatng run
afer an end-of-year skid. In free fall
with four losses in fve games to close
the regular season, the Orange beat
Seton Hall, Pitsburgh and Georgetown
in the Big East tournament before
falling to eventual natonal champion
Louisville in the ttle game at Madison
Square Garden.
In the NCAA tournament, Carter-
Williams scored a career-high 24 in
an upset of top-seeded Indiana in the
semifnals of the East Regional, just
days afer his family home had been
ravaged by a fre. Two days later, in the
regional fnal, he had 12 points, eight
rebounds, six assists and fve steals
with just one turnover in a victory over
Marquete and was named the most
outstanding player of the regional.
“He’s coming of a tremendous season
and we appreciate all he’s done for
Syracuse basketball,” Boeheim said.
“We wish Michael the best of luck as
he pursues a pro career.”
Carter-Williams, of Hamilton, Mass., is
being projected as a lotery pick. The
deadline for underclassmen to declare
is April 28.
In his lone year as a starter, Carter-
Williams broke the school record
for steals in a season with 111 and
fnished with 292 assists, the second-
highest total in Syracuse history
behind only Sherman Douglas’s record
of 326 in 1988-89. Carter-Williams also
recorded nine double-doubles.
Syracuse, which fnished 30-10,
ended the season with a 61-56 loss
to Michigan Saturday. Carter-Williams
fouled out with 1:14 lef, giving a big
tug on his jersey while walking to the
bench afer a 1-for-6 shootng night
that included just two assists with fve
turnovers.
Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams
decides to enter NBA draft after loss in Final Four
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York district attorneys plan corruption reforms
By MICHAEL GORMLEY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar
with the proposal says Gov. Andrew
Cuomo and New York City prosecutors
are set to announce a package
of reforms aimed at rootng out
government corrupton.
Cuomo plans a Tuesday afernoon
announcement in New York City.
The person familiar with the proposal
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Atorney’s Ofce in Manhatan last
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Cuomo.
U.S. Atorney Preet Bharara said last
week that public corrupton is rampant
in Albany.
State politcians were arrested last
week in two bribery cases brought by
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York
correctons ofcials have proposed
letng local jails across the state close
their law libraries used by inmates.
The state Commission of Correcton
estmated that could save each jail
about $5,000 a year, though the 63 jails
would stll have to preserve prisoner
access rights to legal materials. That
could be done through computer
terminals with online access, similar
to the approach in the state prison
system.
Another alternatve is submitng
writen inmate requests to nearby
court libraries. That’s current practce
of six small jails that have waivers from
the library requirement in Hamilton,
Otsego, Delaware, Cortland, Orleans
and Oswego countes.
“Under the new regulaton, each
jail must stll provide access to legal
materials to all inmates,” commission
spokeswoman Janine Kava said. “The
signifcant change is that they are not
required to maintain the library inside
the facility, and the new regulaton
specifcally allows for electronic
access.”
According to inmate advocates,
the change will make it harder for
inexperienced individuals to do
research without being able to browse
law books, especially where they have
to wait three days to see if specifc
requests to court libraries produce the
documents they need.
“It’s not comparable access to a law
library in our opinion,” said Jack Beck,
director of the prison visitng project
at the Correctonal Associaton of
New York. “These are not lawyers.
It’s going to make it nearly impossible
for individuals who are not very
sophistcated to do their research.”
The commission proposal would let
jails that choose to maintain a law
library to pay the costs with profts
from the commissary where inmates
buy extra food, toiletries and some
other goods.
The fnal rule, if adopted, would take
efect May 18.
NY may let county jails close
law libraries, provide inmates online legal resources
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President
Joe Biden says he refuses to believe
a small group of senators will block a
vote on gun legislaton.
The vice president says it would be
“embarrassing” if a flibuster would
be the climax of a natonal tragedy like
the shootng at Connectcut’s Sandy
Hook Elementary School.
Biden spoke to law enforcement
ofcers at the White House just before
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
announced he would push for a vote
Thursday. He encouraged the police
and sherif’s deputes to go talk to their
lawmakers in uniform to encourage
passage of the bill.
Biden vowed to win the fght on guns,
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It’s no secret that for the past several
years there’s been no love lost between
Onondaga County District Atorney
William Fitzpatrick and Syracuse Police
Chief Frank Fowler.
However, new informaton has
recently come to light regarding the
district atorney’s long-standing,
working relatonship with Syracuse
University that may shed some light on
the tumultuous relatonship.
An ofcial report obtained by CNY
Vision (the sister publicaton to
Minority Reporter)—in the wake of
the Syracuse basketball team’s loss in
the NCAA fnal four—chronologically
lays out several instances where SU
athletes and coaches have received
special treatment by Fitzpatrick and
his ofce datng as far back as 2001.

Although the statute of limitatons
has run out on most of the cases,
the report—given on terms of
anonymity—includes cases where
charges were suspected to be either
mishandled by the district atorney, or
surrepttously dismissed altogether.
The reason for Fitzpatrick’s alleged
bias, according to the report, is based
on the fact that the university is his
alma mater. The report also labels him
as being a “ferce basketball fan.”
Case in point: the frst case detailed
in the report regards former SU
basketball player William Edelin. Edelin
was suspended by the university in
2001 based on allegatons from two
female students of unwanted sexual
conduct, including one accusaton of
rape. However, the district atorney’s
ofce decided not to fle criminal
charges.
At the tme, even though the school’s
judicial review board found merit with
the victms’ testmony, Fitzpatrick
publicly stated: “We took the girls’
story and didn’t fnd the conduct of
Mr. Edelin reached criminal conduct.”

As a result, Edelin received minor
disciplinary acton from the school
in the form of a suspension from the
university for one year, according to
the report. However, with no criminal
charges lodged against him, he was
able to return to the university in 2002,
and ultmately helped lead the school
to an NCAA championship in 2003.
“Fitzpatrick also questoned whether
Syracuse University ofcials and
members of its judicial boards have
‘the ability to assess the issues of
credibility,’” the report states. “The
public had no reason to believe that the
ofce may be ethically compromised,
and gave full weight to the statements
made by DA William Fitzpatrick,
who led them to believe that Edelin
commited no crime. All informaton
found was to the contrary.”
In 2004, another case took place where
an SU athlete faced substantated
criminal charges that were
subsequently dropped by Fitzgerald’s
ofce; again, for no apparent reason,
according to the report.
Diamond Ferri, a former startng
strong safety for the Syracuse football
team, was arrested afer an altercaton
at a local bar and charged with third-
degree assault and resistng arrest on
May 22, 2004.
The report stated: “Syracuse
University announced that disciplinary
procedures would be postponed
pending the outcome of criminal
charges. Ferri’s court dates were
adjourned numerous tmes through
the football season untl April 20,
2005, when he received a six-month
ACD (adjournment in contemplaton
of dismissal). If a six-month ACD was
an acceptable conclusion, the case
appears to have been delayed for
almost a year without legitmate
purpose.”
According to the report, “Suspiciously,
the long delayed conclusion to the
case was reached within a day or two
of Ferri traveling to New York City and
signing as a free agent with the New
York Giants.”
“The events in this case are another
example of what appears to be
unethical communicaton and possibly
even collusion between the district
atorney’s ofce and SU athletc
departments, their coaches and/or
their atorneys,” the report said.
Eugene Brown, a former junior
defensive tackle for the SU football
team, was charged with second-
degree felony assault, afer resistng
arrest and injuring a police ofcer
when ofcers were called to break up
a fght at a local bar in March 2005.
Syracuse University announced Brown
was suspended, pending a decision
within the criminal justce system, the
report states.
Fitzgerald never prosecuted. Instead,
the case was adjourned for six months,
then completely dismissed and sealed,
according to the report.
“Two weeks afer the incident, it
was reported that Brown had been
reinstated to the University and was
back on the football team without
further explanaton. …All charges were
dismissed (six-month ACD). …The case
was dismissed quietly and without
the injured ofcer’s notfcaton,” the
report stated.
On top of this, another unusual
incident occurred a couple of years
later when, in October 2007, three SU
basketball players, Antonio “Scoop”
Jardine, Johnny Flynn and Ricky
Jackson, were alleged to have sexually
abused another student, the report
states.
“The victm’s only desire was to be
heard in front of a judicial afairs
board,” the report said. As a result,
“The victm did not supply the Syracuse
police with enough details for them
to take further acton other than to
complete a basic incident report. The
Syracuse police were neither involved
in any investgaton nor were they
provided informaton from the district
atorney’s ofce or Syracuse University
to commence an investgaton.
The next tme the victm’s name
appeared at the Syracuse Police
Department was the following: On
Dec. 20, 2007, an e-mail was sent
out by Syracuse University outlining
the details of an informal agreement
between the players/their atorneys as
well as the university and the victm/
atorney.”
By LisA DumAs
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According to the report, some of the
terms of the agreement included the
fact that the young men would be
placed on probaton, required to live
in housing away from the victm, and
their parents would be notfed. In
additon, there would be an agreement
on confdentality.
However, the victm was not satsfed
and never signed the agreement,
the report said. Yet, for an unknown
reason, she was stll not allowed to
testfy at a judicial afairs board.
Then the university, believing the
victm was leaving the school, closed
the case without her approval.
Several months later, the victm told
her story to David Poter, dean of
student afairs for Syracuse University’s
College of Arts and Sciences.
In March 2008, Poter, as well as several
other employees, began pettoning
judicial afairs and the university to
re-open the incident on the victm’s
behalf. Afer that, according to the
report, Fitzpatrick stepped in.
“District Atorney William Fitzpatrick
suddenly involved himself in this
incident,” the report stated. “There
was no informaton found that would
explain why the DA was involved
legally. She did not want to pursue
criminal charges. Judicial afairs at SU
is not a public courtroom and their
proceedings do not require a district
atorney. No informaton was found
as to who notfed Fitzpatrick. There
wasn’t even a criminal investgaton
going on. If the victm and the police
did not call the DA, then who? Of
all the partes involved in this case,
only Syracuse University was lef.
Potentally, the university would not
want to lose their players nor have
their players arrested, so why would
they want to notfy him?”
In apparent answer to
the queston, the district
atorney opened a
subsequent grand jury
investgaton into the
mater, the report
stated. “This move
allowed SU to delay
the judicial afairs
hearing again pending
the outcome.”
Eventually, the victm was found “not
credible” enough by the grand jury to
warrant criminal charges. However, no
request was made to obtain grand jury
testmony “due to the sensitve nature
of this report,” the report said.
Following the decision, the victm
was fnally allowed to testfy in front
of a judicial afairs board, where
the athletes were found to be in
violaton of student code and placed
on probaton for one year, while stll
allowed to play basketball.
In the afermath, Poter and several
other employees involved in re-
opening the case were consequently
fred, the report said. But, of all the
employees who were let go, Poter
was the only one who declined to sign
a confdentality agreement.
In an Oct. 2008 artcle published by
Inside Higher Ed, Poter said of his
advocacy for the female student, “From
my perspectve, it’s a straightorward
mater of principle. I wanted to resolve
it. I’m not angry at anyone. I don’t
want to take anyone out. I believe in
daylight and conversaton and not
shadow and covers.”
Next, in yet another strange case
concerning the district atorney, and
an SU basketball player, Eric Devendorf
was involved in two incidents that
resulted in investgaton afer the
2007-2008 season.
According to the report, the frst case
was deemed an assault; however the
police, unable to acquire a statement
from the victm, were incapable of
making an arrest.
In the second case, though, of
harassment, “the victm desired
prosecuton,” the report said.
Nonetheless, “William Fitzpatrick
refused to prosecute Devendorf for
harassment in the second-degree.”
At the tme, Fitzpatrick interviewed
alleged witnesses, several of which
were basketball players, according
to the report, and said he found
diferences between those and the
victm’s accounts.
But, in the subsequent judicial afairs
decision, the testmony obtained by
Fitzpatrick was called “scripted and
biased” and disregarded as evidence.
Therefore, Devendorf was suspended
for one academic term.
However, upon winning an appeal,
the sentence was reduced to 40 hours
of community service, afer which he
could be reinstated to the school.
“While reducing his sentence is not
inherently illegal for the private
insttuton, it bears witness to the
overwhelming pressure asserted to
keep Devendorf on the basketball
court,” the report states. “William
Fitzpatrick’s actons, or lack thereof,
appear to be part of this pressure.”
In 2010, the report said an incident
involving star tailback for the SU
football team Delone Carter ofered
more interference from Fitzpatrick.
According to the report, Carter
was accused of striking SU student
William Hotaling in his face, rendering
Hotaling unconscious while on his
feet and unable to break his fall to the
ground. And, even though Hotaling
faced severe and substantal head
injuries, including fractured bones
and a permanently dislocated jaw, the
charge was eventually plea bargained
down to a charge of second-degree
harassment by the district atorney,
with a one-year conditonal discharge,
the report states.
“Carter was immediately suspended
from the football team and the
university for two semesters, those
being the remainder of the spring
semester and the summer semester,”
the report said. “He was reinstated in
tme to make the frst fall practce on
Aug. 9, 2010.”
According to the report, the conditonal
discharge meant that the case would
remain open for 12 months, and then
be closed as long as Carter stayed out
of additonal trouble.
In the end, the report found that the
Syracuse Police Department, “took
the investgatons as far as possible
without visible support of the district
atorney’s ofce.”
All of this led up to the more recent
fallout between Fitzpatrick and the
Syracuse Police Department, during
an investgaton into the largely-
publicized case of SU assistant
basketball coach Bernie Fine, who, in
Nov. 2011, was accused of sexually
abusing two former ball boys.
The report alleges blatant misconduct
by the district atorney’s ofce during
that tme, including one documented
telephone conversaton between
Fine’s atorney, Donald Martn, and an
unknown person. In the conversaton
Fitzpatrick was mentoned specifcally:
“No, I haven’t heard anything from
Fitz,” Martn allegedly stated. “None
of his people are here. The last I talked
with him, he said that as*hole deputy
chief called the feds.” The call ended
shortly aferwards, the report said.
Detectve Joseph DeCaro allegedly
overheard the exchange and included
the dialogue in his report afer a search
of Fine’s home on Nov. 25, 2011.
According to a 2011 artcle published
in Syracuse’s The Post-Standard, in a
rare move, police ultmately turned
the case over to federal prosecutors.
“It appeared to police that the DA’s
ofce, in those early days of the
investgaton, was out to discredit the
victms,” Deputy Chief of Police Shawn
Broton said.
And, although Fitzpatrick denied the
allegatons, “Broton’s report said
there’s a history of SU athletes getng
preferental treatment from the DA’s
ofce,” the artcle stated.
Recently, Fine, afer having been fred
over the mater, has fled a defamaton
lawsuit against ESPN, according to a
March 28 artcle in USA Today.
In additon, questons regarding
favoritsm for SU athletes by the school
have also resurfaced, according to a
March 20 artcle in The Post-Standard
ttled, “Sources: Syracuse basketball
program under wide-ranging NCAA
investgaton.”
“NCAA investgators have conducted
face-to-face interviews of SU
employees or former employees for
at least the past school year in a wide-
ranging investgaton that includes
the handling of Fab Melo’s academic
eligibility and a 2007 alleged sexual
assault case involving three players,
two named and two unnamed sources
told The Post-Standard,” the artcle
states. “‘The transgressions were
described as both major and wide-
ranging in nature,’ CBS reported.
The investgaton also encompasses
football but is believed to primarily
involve basketball, according to the
report.”
The artcle stated one NCAA
investgator, Meg Babcock Locker,
spent two hours interviewing former
associate dean David Poter, who
also recommended Locker interview
Cathryn Newton an SU professor and
former dean.
According to The Post, Newton said
of the alleged 2007 sexual assault
case: “An arts and sciences student
fled a complaint that was specifc and
credible, and that complaint did not
progress in the usual way.”
Fitzpatrick began his tenure in the
district atorney’s ofce as a law clerk
in 1975, and has been district atorney
since Jan. 1992.
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OPINION/EDITORIAL
The views expressed on our opinion pages are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the position or viewpoint of MRMG or CNY Vision
A set of hearings will take place
soon to deal with the impact of
concussions on NFL players.
The hearings have very high
stakes, with billions of dollars
on the line, depending on how
they turn out. As it stands,
a total of 4,200 players have
sued the NFL for various brain
injuries. Some have sufered
from dementa, depression,
Alzheimer’s disease and other
neurological problems.
Some players have even killed themselves afer being
unable to endure the sufering they experienced
when their playing days were over. The players’
atorneys say that the NFL promotes the violence
of the game and isn’t forthcoming about the long-
term health efects that occur from play on the feld.
Their goal now is to determine what the NFL knew
about concussions, and when in fact they knew it.
“The NFL failed to live up to its responsibility:
it negligently heightened players’ exposure to
repeated head trauma and fraudulently concealed
the chronic brain injuries that resulted,” the players’
lawyers wrote in a legal fling.
The NFL is an economic behemoth, with $9.2 billion
in annual revenue. Big money buys you big excuses,
since it’s difcult to shut down an economic engine
this massive. Players may get what they want, but
it’s going to be a long and ugly fght.
“The rule in our league is simple: Medical decisions
override everything else,” NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell said in a speech.
At this point, the key decision being made by Senior
U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody of Philadelphia is
whether or not the lawsuits should remain in federal
court. The NFL says that the collectve bargaining
agreement should undercut the lawsuits. But the
plaintf’s atorneys want the case in court to ensure
a stronger and more robust discovery process.
If Brody rules in favor of players, then their individual
cases would be referred back to their home states,
where damages would be awarded based on the
seriousness of their injuries. If she sides with the
NFL, then players will be subject to arbitraton.
When it comes to the NFL and brain damage, I
am reminded of the song, “Mama, don’t let your
babies grow up to be Cowboys.” I think that the
song should refer to Dallas Cowboys, or any kind of
man who has to put on a football helmet in order
to feed his family. The physical breakdowns that
occur afer even two or three years on the feld can
lead to a lifetme of medicaton, pain, and even drug
addicton. This doesn’t even consider the possibility
that the player has signifcant brain damage. All of
these outcomes are afected by the decision made
by the boy’s parents when that litle league coach
walks up and says, “You wanna sign your son up to
play footbal this year?”
I’m not one to tell parents whether they should or
shouldn’t let their boys get on the feld. But I can say
that a) I personally would not, and b) you should be
fully aware of the short and long-term risks before
choosing to do so. Finally, I say that it’s high tme
that we start to realize that there are other ways for
a black man to get rich besides hoping that a white
guy will pay him to carry a ball.
There are communites across America that allow
our boys to over-invest in professional football
careers, most of which never come to fruiton. Too
many of our kids, when asked what they want to
do for a living, simply say, “I wanna play football.”
This makes me sad, because the so-called “dream”
of professional sports ofen turns into a nightmare,
especially when we let our boys neglect their
educatonal opportunites in favor of the chance to
play a sport.
This is not to disrespect those who love sports,
for I am a sports fan myself. But these lawsuits, if
they tell us anything, should make us fully aware
that professional football might not be the most
productve way to make a living. It would be easier
just to get a good educaton and start your own
business. In fact, most my wealthy friends involved
in sports are the ones who work behind the scenes,
not the ones who actually play on the feld. It’s tme
to step up our game.
---------------
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black
World Coaliton and author of the book, “Black
American Money”.
Thousands of NFL Players Suing Over Brain Damage Caused by Years of Play
DR. BOYCE WATkINS
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The state of equality and
justce in America is shameful-
especially since the electon
of President Barack Obama.
Unlike many of my friends
who think America is going to
hell in a hand basket, and have
given up thinking things will get
beter for those who’ve been
marginalized for so long, I stll
have hope for a beter day.
When Barack Obama was
running for President of the
United States, a close friend told me, “Mark my
word. When Senator Obama is elected, some people
will go absolutely crazy, and afer he’s re-elected,
they will go mad!” His ratonale was that the average
White person had never had the opportunity to
wake up every morning and see a brilliant Black man
on television who was the most powerful man in the
world! Unless they were wed to FOX News and the
O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck,Von Sustern programs, they
would learn so much about us- so many good things
they had refused to acknowledge before.
So many of our people are brilliant in what they do,
but never had a fair chance to be seen in a positve
light in their daily newspapers or on mainstream
television or heard on major radio statons. Now,
here we are afer the Obama victories. He’s there
every single day! The madness really swung into high
gear with the Tea Party, Michelle Bachman, Sarah
Palin, Senator Ted Cruz and a whole lot of others.
Some I didn’t menton because they were already on
the list of what most of us have come to know as the
“crazies”, such as Rush Limbaugh and his horrible ilk.
Black women like our First Lady, Michelle Obama,
had not ofen been seen on the evening news,
except when they were there crying over a son or
daughter who’d been shot or accused of being
involved in some kind of wrongdoing. Now, here she
was-beautful, smart, Mom in Chief, presiding over
social events for world leaders and their frst ladies.
She was dealing with real American challenges-such
as military families and childhood obesity. She was
out making speeches and inspiring women of all
backgrounds.
With people who could not stand all these positve
scenes and unbelievable accomplishments, insanity
set in, and instead of grinning and bearing the
strides America was making, they began trying to
set us back to what they called “the good ole days”.
Some make every efort to send Black people to the
back of the bus, send immigrants of color back to
from wherever they had come, send gay people back
into the closet, and force women to go back to the
kitchen! They began talking about taking back their
country as though they didn’t take it from the Natve
Americans and as though immigrants and enslaved
people had done nothing to build this country.
Many in the U.S. House of Representatves and the
U.S. Senate tried to block every thing President
Obama supported-even if they had supported the
same things in the past. They were tone deaf to
the phrase “Where there is no justce, there will
be no peace!” With a President who truly tried to
make all levels of government look like America
by appointng women, Hispanics, Asians, gays and
lesbians, Democrats and Republicans and being
totally inclusive of all of us, those who’d gone mad
did not understand that you cannot put a genie back
in the box.
We may be going through a rough period as far as
progress on equality and justce, but I stll believe
there are enough good people who will work
through their prejudices and biases with which they
were reared as they understand that those of us
who’ve previously been lef out, won’t turn back. I
stll have hope. No one can change the change for
which we’ve worked so hard.
----------------------------
Dr. E. Faye Williams is natonal chair of the Natonal
Congress of Black Women. This artcle - the 13th of
a 20-part series - is writen in commemoraton of
the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Commitee for
Civil Rights Under Law. The Lawyers’ Commitee is
a nonpartsan, nonproft organizaton, formed in
1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to
enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in
combatng racial discriminaton and the resultng
inequality of opportunity - work that contnues to be
vital today. For more informaton, please visit www.
lawyerscommitee.org.
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