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Campus posters unfairly tarnish recruit's reputation

(02/19/02 5:00am)

Walking by a bulletin board in Perkins Library recently, I noticed a few flyers on the board with quotations from basketball recruit Shelden Williams. The quotes, some of which came from The Chronicle, were the ones Williams gave in response to allegations of rape. Along with the quotations, the flyers bore slogans such as "Basketball is not an excuse for rape." I found this exercise of free speech to be cowardly and completely not called for. No charges have been filed against Williams, and even if there had been charges filed, one of the tenets of American justice is that anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

Greatness comes from avoiding errors in judgment

(01/21/00 5:00am)

Ray Holloman's column in the Jan. 19 edition of The Chronicle makes the right point, but uses the wrong person to illustrate it. Try to be a good man, and the world will remember. I've heard the advice many times, and I do my best to follow it. I don't claim to know much about Bobby Phills or his career, but I do know that his life was ended by a single unnecessary act of indiscretion. Like Pete Rose's gambling, The Race Gone Wrong will be a label that will follow Phills into infamy. I think basketball will eventually forgive Bobby Phills. I know I will.