2006: DNA results clear Duke lacrosse team, LPGA chair’s son

Rae Evans, chairwoman of the LPGA’s board of directors, surely breathed a huge sigh of relief April 10 when news broke that there was no DNA match between members of the Duke University men’s lacrosse team and an exotic dancer who told police she was sexually assaulted at a team party.

Evans’ son, David Evans, is a Duke co-captain and one of three teammates who live at the Durham, N.C., house where the assault allegedly occurred during a March 13 party. The incident made national headlines and took on racial overtones because the alleged victim, who was hired to perform at the party, is black and she claimed her assailants were white. Witnesses told police that partygoers shouted racial epithets at the woman as she left the party.

A woman called 911 just after midnight March 14 and said someone outside the house had shouted a racial slur, according to a tape of the call. Police responded minutes later but took no report. An hour later, police received a call reporting a rape. Authorities collected DNA samples from 46 team members for analysis.

The Duke team captains released a statement saying: “Any allegation that a sexual assault or rape occurred is totally and transparently false. The DNA results will demonstrate that these allegations are absolutely false.”

Lawyers representing some of the players announced that the results delivered April 10 by the state crime lab to police and prosecutors exonerated their clients, according to the Associated Press. No charges had been filed in the case.

Rae Evans is founder and president of Evans Capitol Group, a Washington lobbying firm.

– Staff and wire reports

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