Timeline of Events

June 1, 2006

March 13

Over spring break, lacrosse team throws party, hires two exotic dancers.

  

March 14

One dancer, a student at North Carolina Central University, tells police she was raped, sodomized, and beaten. Graphic e-mail allegedly sent from team member Ryan McFadyen to the rest of the team.

 
 

March 16

Search warrant issued for 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., site of the party. Police find accuser's ID, cell phone, and other belongings. Three players who live in the house voluntarily go to police station and, without legal representation, submit to DNA testing and offer to take lie-detector test. Police take DNA samples but decline to administer test.

  

March 23

Durham police request meeting with entire team to take statements. Meeting scheduled for 3:00 p.m., but is cancelled by players after some parents express concern that there is no legal representation.

  

March 23

Forty-six white team members report to Durham police headquarters to give DNA samples and to be photographed.

  

March 24

First Duke public statement on incident issued by John F. Burness, senior vp for public affairs and government relations. Burness says university is monitoring the situation and cooperating with officials, as are the players.

  

 

 

 

March 25

Athletics director Joe Alleva announces cancellation of the next two games. President Richard H. Brodhead urges cooperation with police and reminds people players are innocent until proven guilty. University representatives meet with parents of some team members.

 
Athletics director Joe Alleva announces cancellation of the next two games. President Richard H. Brodhead urges cooperation with police and reminds people players are innocent until proven guilty.

Chris Hildreth

 

 

 

March 25

Candlelight vigil held at 610 N. Buchanan and another house rented by lacrosse players.

 
Candlelight vigil held at 610 N. Buchanan and another house rented by lacrosse players.

Chris Hildreth

March 26

Community members organize morning "wake-up call" to raise awareness about sexual assault, banging pots and pans outside 610 N. Buchanan.

  

March 27

Rally on campus protests team's silence and university's response. DNA samples delivered to N.C. Bureau of Investigation. Search warrant issued for a dorm room on campus.

 
Rally on campus protests team's silence and university's response.

Megan Morr

March 28

Lacrosse captains issue statement denying allegations. Season suspended until legal situation further clarified. Practice continues. At press conference, Brodhead says team members deny sex "of any kind" occurred and makes distinction between acknowledged inappropriate behavior and the rape allegations.

  

March 28

Durham D.A. Michael B. Nifong says that nurses who conducted a rape kit observed vaginal trauma.

  

March 29

Story hits front page of The New York Times. Posters hung on campus by protesters include photos of team members. Annual Take Back the Night rally held at Duke as part of national Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Week. Brodhead meets with the Rev. William Barber, president of North Carolina NAACP.

 
Story hits front page of The New York Times.

©2006 The New York Times

March 30

Brodhead sends e-mail to Duke alumni and parents explaining the situation and directing them to a website with additional information.

  

March 31

Brodhead meets with NCCU Chancellor James Ammons, Durham Mayor William Bell, and other local leaders. Duke Student Government issues statement condemning sexual assault, violence, and racial intolerance. After threats of violence, police increase patrols in area surrounding East Campus.

 
Brodhead meets with NCCU Chancellor James Ammons, Durham Mayor William Bell, and other local leaders.

Mark Dolejs/Herald Sun/Polaris

April 3

Vigil held at NCCU in support of the alleged rape victim.

 
Vigil held at NCCU in support of the alleged rape victim.

Pailin Wedel/The News & Observer

April 5

In letter to Duke community, alumni, and parents, Brodhead says the incident has brought issues of race, gender, opportunity, privilege, and inequality to the forefront. Announces formation of committees to investigate. Court releases warrant containing McFadyen's alleged e-mail. McFadyen suspended.

 In letter to Duke community, alumni, and parents, Brodhead says the incident has brought issues of race, gender, opportunity, privilege, and inequality to the forefront

April 5

Brodhead cancels season. Coach Mike Pressler resigns.

 
Brodhead cancels season. Coach Mike Pressler resigns.

Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer

April 10

Lawyers for lacrosse players announce results of DNA testing: no matches.

  

April 11

Nifong tells audience members at an NCCU public forum that the "investigation is not going away."

 
Nifong tells audience members at an NCCU public forum that the "investigation is not going away."

Bernard Thomas/Herald Sun/Polaris

April 13

Durham police attempt to question students in Edens dormitory without notice or warrant.

  

April 14

Defense attorneys share with media outlets a "photo timeline" they say proves no rape could have occurred. The Rev. Jesse Jackson offers to fund the alleged victim's education, regardless of the outcome of the case.

  

April 17

Ad in local papers signed by Ammons, Bell, and Brodhead urges continued calm as investigation continues. Grand jury hands down two sealed indictments.

  

April 18

Sophomores Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty arrested and charged with rape, sexual offense, and kidnapping; released on bond. Police search their dorm rooms. Media reports that Finnerty was arrested in Washington over the summer for assaulting a man after being told not to call him "gay." Finnerty entered diversion program to have charges expunged from his record.

 
Kirk Osborn, lawyer for Reade Seligmann

Kirk Osborn, lawyer for Reade Seligmann
Harry Lynch/The News & Observer

April 19

Referencing time-stamped photos, phone records, DukeCard swipe records, and fast-food and ATM receipts, defense attorney for Seligmann says he could not have committed alleged crimes. Many students wear "Innocent" T-shirts to show support for players. ABC News interviews cab driver who says he drove Seligmann home from party.

  

April 20

Second dancer comes forward in support of alleged victim. Defense attorneys say she is changing her story to get favorable treatment in a criminal case against her and note that she contacted a public-relations firm to ask "how to spin this to my advantage."

  

April 22

During Reunions Weekend, Brodhead addresses the situation before alumni. News crews around campus question alumni. News reports suggest that photo ID process used by DA was irregular.

  

April 25

Finnerty appears in Washington Superior Court. Judge says terms of diversion program were broken, reinstates assault charge from previous incident. Nifong reinstates noise and alcohol violation against lacrosse captain David Evans, says he may do same for six other players.

  

April 27

After defense attorneys ask for alleged victim's records, 1996 report surfaces in which she claimed she had been raped by three men in 1993. No charges filed. Her father later quoted as saying she declined to press charges out of fear for her safety.

  

May 1

New Black Panther Party for Self Defense demonstrates at entrance to West Campus and in front of 610 N. Buchanan. Defense attorney Kirk Osborn requests Nifong be removed from case for conflict of interest, and that photo IDs be thrown out. Reports of committees assigned to review Duke's lacrosse program and judicial system released.