Tuesday, May 8, 2007


After showing initial support for the lacrosse team amid rape allegations against three players, Duke University officials caved to pressure, the team's former coach says in a book that goes on sale next month.

Mike Pressler resigned under fire last spring on the same day university President Richard Brodhead canceled the season -- a move the book contends helped harden public opinion that the woman's allegations were true.

"It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered," goes on sale June 12. It's written by former Sports Illustrated reporter Don Yaeger with Pressler getting partial credit.

Remaining charges against three former lacrosse players were dropped last month by Attorney General Roy Cooper, whose office took over the lacrosse investigation from embattled Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.

But Pressler, now the lacrosse coach at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., complains in the book that his name will always be associated with the Duke rape allegations that were dismissed as unreliable nearly a year later.

Two other books are due out between June and September.

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