Excerpt from "The Untold Story of the Duke Case" by Don Yaeger and Mike Pressler:
On March 27, 2006, at 1:59pm, a young African-American student from Duke sent Pressler two emails that nearly sent him spiraling out of control. The first message that appeared made it clear to Pressler that this student was one of the fifty million who assumed his lacrosse players were guilty. It read:RE: SOME THINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING A FEW GAMES. END THE SEASON UNTIL THE ALLEGED RAPISTS ARE FOUND! YOU'LL BE A MUCH BETTER COACH FOR IT.Although this message made a bold statement, it was the next email, which Pressler received just two minutes later from this same student, that would absolutely infuriate him. Only six words were in the subject line, but those six words shot rage through every bone in ressler's body:RE: WHAT IF JANET LYNN WERE NEXT???As any father of a teenage daughter could imagine, this crossed a line that far exceeded what Pressler was prepared to handle. The sender's name was Chauncey Nartey. He was only a junior at Duke and had developed a reputation for being a vocal African-American activist on campus.
"I turned the email over to my attorney and he said you could have him arrested." Pressler said. "We chose not to do that. We chose to report it to the dean of students, Larry Moneta, and have hm deal with it."
Pressler's outrage only intensified when he learned how the Duke administration dealt with Nartey. "This is what they did," said pressler. "They said 'Chauncey, don't do it again. Okay? and you should write the coach an apology'"
That was it. Nothing more than a mere slap on the wrist.
Nartney realized the error of his ways...two months later. He contacted Pressler again, this time mailing a letter directly to Pressler's home address. This was a letter of apology.
Before refusing further comment, he did explain why he believed his emails should not have been considered "a threat." "The email I sent -- I sent two-- I sent them from my Duke email address," Nartey said, explaining his twisted logic. "I sent them with my name attached. It wasn't like any anonymous thing. I knew I was going to be attached to it, so it wasn't any sort of threat."
Nartey also admitted that it was "a mistake" to bring Pressler's daughter into the mix "just because I didn't think it would be so heavily misconstrued." He went on to say "it was a stupid thing to mention his daughter, in retrospect, but at the time I thought if somebody can't see why it's inappropriate to move forward with athletics in this sort of situation then perhaps that parallel could be drawn by incorporating someone near and dear to him. And again, foolish, but that the rationale was that was that you can draw the parallel."