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PostPosted: January 9 19, 11:12 am 
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Ronaldo is about to go down.

https://deadspin.com/woman-alleges-cris ... 1831607716


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PostPosted: January 10 19, 2:55 pm 
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Las Vegas authorities have sent out a warrant to collect DNA from Cristiano Ronaldo in order to discover if it matches traces found on a dress belonging to Kathryn Mayorga, the woman who has said he raped her in a hotel room in 2009, according to multiple reports.

The reports state that the warrant has been sent to the court system in Italy, where the five-time Ballon d'Or winner plays for league leaders Juventus.

TMZ was the first to report. The Wall Street Journal also reported that a warrant was issued.


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PostPosted: January 10 19, 3:31 pm 
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Dude already admitted he did it in the settlement. Why the DNA?




Oh [expletive]! US Soccer is gonna clone him! Hell yeah.


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PostPosted: January 13 19, 10:47 pm 
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This story will fall under the radar, but it seems like a more interesting moral quandary that the Louis CK story. Rhonda Faehn was the head coach of the University of Florida's women's gymnastics team when they won three straight NCAA titles from 2013 to 2015. She took a job then at USA Gymnastics, with the title of Senior Vice-President, so presumably somebody important within the organization.

You can guess where this is going. Not long after Faehn started work at USAG, Aly Raisman reported to Faehn that Larry Nassar molested her. Raisman named Faehn publicly in a 2018 interview, and Faehn was fired by USAG shortly thereafter. One complicating matter is that Raisman literally said "I don't know what Faehn did." Raisman named Faehn because it took a long time for the FBI to show up at her door, which obviously isn't something Faehn controls. Ideally Faehn would have done more than what she did, or maybe had done the same things with a greater sense of urgency, but she did do something to get the bureaucratic wheels turning, and it's not at all clear that she was negligent.

This month the University of Michigan hired Faehn as a "consultant", effectively an assistant coach (replacing another assistant coach who had been arrested for having sex with a gymnast in a car). Faehn is way over-qualified for such a role, so you can imagine various folks in the gymnastics program, including the gymnasts, being thrilled that they got a coach on staff who won NCAA titles five years ago. The problem was the university athletic department decided not to announce the hiring. The student paper noticed Faehn among the UM coaches at a gymnastics meet, made some inquiries, and then yesterday posted the story linked above. The athletic director responded in a press release that they had thoroughly investigated Faehn's role in the Nassar mess, and found nothing damaging. The AD also said that the student-athletes had approved the decision to hire Faehn.

Today the university regents, who are elected by the public, went nuts, and Rhonda Faehn was fired. It's probably not a great idea for the University of Michigan to hire anybody remotely connected to the Nassar scandal considering what has happened with Nassar right up the road at Michigan State. And again, maybe she could have done more, but it's not clear that she could have done that much more, and it is clear that she just got fired from a job for which she is vastly over-qualified. This is all because she has an ambiguous connection to Larry Nassar, which the internet mob couldn't discern if it tried.


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PostPosted: January 14 19, 9:15 am 
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I'm all for spit-roasting Harvey Weinstein and cooking him over an open fire on stage at the Oscars this year. Just leave him up there the whole show as a cautionary tale/symbol of female empowerment. Every once in a while whoever hosts can stick a meat thermometer in and say "mmmmmmmm almost done, and the fat on Harvey is rendering beautifully, everyone."

But that gymnastics thing is some BS and the type of thing where the adults in the room and cooler heads need to take over, especially in this day and age when things bordering on, and crossing that border into, libel hit the internet via social media and blogs every day. The Michigan student paper, by my reading, is largely making the case that hiring Faehn is a student safety issue. But there is no evidence that Faehn does not protect the safety of the students around her, except for another case in which she was fired because some people thought without evidence that she did not protect student safety. So this person ends up unemployable (anyone seen Aziz Ansari?) because some kids decide to get more outraged than they need to be.


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PostPosted: January 14 19, 9:50 am 
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Having now watched the R Kelly documentary, the situation reminds me so much of Trump. By that I mean, criminality and depravity hiding in plain sight, obscured by how openly brazen it is. It's like a kind of social camouflage, and works particularly well if you are celebrity. "When you're a star, they let you do it," to quote the [expletive] grabber in chief. We tend to think of criminality and sexual depravity as behavior that people will take great pains to conceal from view, but malignant narcissists like Kelly and Trump make a performance of it. We think we're watching some kind of bit, an act, but it's all literal, right there in front of our eyes. Trump is more than likely a straight up Russian intelligence asset.

The other part is how their fans remain willfully blind to all of it. R Kelly literally picked up a 14 year old girl at his own trial for child pornography. She saw him literally pee into a 14 year old girls face on camera and didn't believe it was him. When Trump says he could stand in the middle of 5th Ave. and shoot someone, he's right. He could appoint Putin Secretary of Defense and his fans would love it.


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