May 3, 2006 – A Duke lacrosse player who is not accused in the rape case has broken his silence over the alleged rape at a party in March.
The player, who did want his identity revealed, says he's 100 percent sure that a rape did not occur and his school has abandoned the team, ABC News reported Monday.
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Duke lacrosse players Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann have been charged with raping an exotic dancer hired the team for a March 13 party. The alleged victim — a mother and student at North Carolina Central University — told police that she was gang raped and robbed by three men in the bathroom of an off-campus home rented by team members.
The unidentified player said he is upset because he believes that the university turned its back on the team by not standing up for them. He also said that his teammates had turned to each other to cope with the scandal.
"From the get-go, we've only had each other to fall back on. We've been convicted in the media," he said. "Our university has turned its back on us. … They didn't stand up for us, and we feel neglected and that our loyalty wasn't reciprocated."
The player choked up as he told Miles how his team was on its way to the national championship when the rape allegations surfaced. He insisted veteran coach Mike Pressler "didn't resign." but was forced out.
The day Seligmann and Finnerty, were indicted, was “the most emotional day of my life."
The player said he wasn't relieved that he wasn't accused in the case.
"People ask me, you know, 'Were you satisfied and happy that it wasn't you that was indicted, you know, when the two players were indicted?'" he said. "Not really. Because, you know, those are like family and it's still just as upsetting."
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