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Hornets rookie Jalen McDaniels isnít a rapist. Donít treat him like one.
Recording sex far from predatory behavior
 
Published Sunday, July 7, 2019 2:24 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | HERBERT L. WHITE
Charlotte Hornets rookie forward Jalen McDaniels addressed local local media Monday regarding his legal issues regarding recording two women in sexual situations without their permission.

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Jalen McDaniels’ past includes an episode best described as stupid.


It is not enough to disqualify him from seeking gainful employment.


The Charlotte Hornets second-round pick’s personal baggage – recording video of sexual encounters as a teenager in the Tacoma, Washington suburbs and sharing them friends – has raised concerns about the team drafting him last month. There’s a bigger issue though. Where is the demarcation line between dumb in high school and killing his work opportunity as an adult?


“I admit that when I was in high school I made a very big mistake. I was very immature and disrespectful at the time I did it,” McDaniels said Monday in his first and only interaction with local media at Spectrum Center’s practice court. “I’ve apologized to the women involved and I’m sorry to this day. This doesn’t represent who I am. It doesn’t represent who I am as a person. This was a mistake I made in high school. I was just being immature.”


If Donald Trump can openly brag about assaulting multiple women as a grown man and be elected president and Brett Kavanaugh can be accused of rape as a teenager and confirmed to the United States Supreme Court there’s no good reason for McDaniels, a 6-foot-10 forward from San Diego State, to be denied work as a professional basketball player.


The Hornets, who’ve made their share of poor draft picks over the years, may yet regret taking McDaniels. It should be because he isn’t an NBA player, though, not for a dumber-than-a-sack-of-rocks decision in high school.


McDaniels hasn’t been charged with a crime, but does face a pair of civil cases filed last year by the women he recorded, which they say was done without their permission. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Gwen Gabert alleges McDaniels, who left college after his redshirt sophomore year, recorded her performing a sexual act on him on her 18th birthday in 2016. McDaniels was 17 at the time.


Another woman, Tally Thomas, alleges McDaniels recorded her performing a sex act on Christian Jones, McDaniels’ Federal Way High School teammate, at approximately the same time. Police twice recommended charging McDaniels with two counts of voyeurism, but the King County district attorney declined to press charges because the evidence was deleted.


Without a path to justice in criminal court, Gabert and Thomas opted for civil lawsuits, as is their right. McDaniels admitted recording the videos last month in court documents and expressed remorse to reporters in Charlotte this week. I’m no lawyer, but I’d guess the plaintiffs will prevail and get paid bigly. The Hornets obviously saw the case as a non-basketball issue when drafting McDaniels, so why the fuss over their decision?


It’s because everyone is offended by something these days, even incredible stupidity. America, God bless us, has been historically eager to punish black folks, especially men, for the smallest of offenses perceived or real. The penalties – money, freedom and lives – are disproportionately steep. The law is the law, and when it works properly, everyone is held to account for his or her actions.


Or is it just people like Jalen McDaniels?



Comments

You people ask as tho you have never done a stupid thing in your life. If you'd mine your own business and not get so caught up in what this kid did things would be better for you. Not one time have you or anyone else spoke to these girls. There not all what they make it to be. They knew exactly what they were doing. Meaning why wait 3years do bring this out. I'll tell you why there looking for a pay day. I hope never happens
Posted on July 17, 2019
 
Prior to reading this article, I didn't know of Jalen McDaniels nor the reprehensible behavior noted therein. This article minimizes the seriousness of his behavior and employs "whataboutism" several times. The young women who were violated by his actions deserve better. The prospect of prevailing in civil court action against McDaniels will likely never assuage the feelings of violation they likely feel as a result of his actions. No, he shouldn't be denied employment and left to pay for this mistake forever, but he and the public are ill-served by an apologist article such as this one. Jalen is not the victim here; the women he violated with his reckless conduct seem more deserving of the sympathy shown here.
Posted on July 12, 2019
 

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