Well, it was simply a matter of time before one or more Duke lacrosse players would be indicted in the investigation of the alleged rape of a Durham, North Carolina woman. On Monday afternoon two sealed indictments were borne from a grand jury, about a month after the incident took place:
Judge Ronald Stephens of Superior Court sealed the indictments after the grand jury adjourned, citing a state law that allows indictments to remain secret until a defendant is arrested or appears in court.
The two team members could appear in court as soon as Tuesday morning.
Mr. Ekstrand issued a brief written statement at 9 p.m., saying in part, "Today, two young men have been charged with crimes they did not commit."
He did not identify the men or the charges.
Indeed, the plot thickens, because the whole dang case was just a little cut and dry before, don't you think? Sheesh.
So here's the latest monkey wrench: Only two men were indicted, yet the common water cooler factoid is that three guys were in on the gang rape. Plus, Ryan McFadyen, the player who sent out that disgusting e-mail to his teammates, is claimed to not be one of the two indicted.
Seriously, guys, I'm waiting for it. I'm waiting for another plot twist. But the question is: what the hell is gonna happen next? Does a team member break the silence and tell all on SportsCenter? Does the woman discover she's pregnant? Does she confess that she made it all up?
At this juncture I wouldn't be surprised by any of those outcomes, based on the complexity of the story.
No. Freakin'. Clue. But you know what's satisfying? None of us know, including the reporters.
Perhaps we should all walk away from it while the investigation unfolds. To most of our knowledge, nothing in terms of legal process, evidence, nor bias has been botched. All the policemen and judicial officials appear to have done a commendable job up to this point.