Reaction: Stockard-led Bonnies embrace adversity, stun undefeated Maryland

By Josh Svetz

The Bonnies have provided enough highs and lows for a season’s worth of basketball and it’s only been four games.

Tonight was a high, but coming into the contest, most wouldn’t think so.

In fact, the Bonnies would have to overcome hard knocks to achieve any sort of high.

Hours before the game, star guard Jaylen Adams, who has yet to play or practice due to an ankle injury, was ruled out. Junior forward Courtney Stockard was probable, but limited in practice over the week.

Then, as tip-off neared, Bonas fans were left confounded when the official men’s basketball account tweeted that senior Matt Mobley, the Bonnies’ leading scorer, would not start due to being late for a team meeting.

On top of this, Bonas had to contend with the undefeated Maryland Terrapins, a top-20 defensive team featuring several bigs 6-foot-10 and taller alongside two NBA hopefuls, sophomores Justin Jackson and Anthony Cowan.

The only way Bonas could hope to sneak out of this game victorious was to take advantage of the Terps’ bottom-200-ranked turnover rate, translating to a turnover every four possessions, and make this game ugly.

That’s exactly what the Bonnies did. They brought the grind to the grinders.

To start, they didn’t let the size difference affect the scoring in the first half.

Bonas deployed a 1-3-1 zone to neutralize talented freshman forward Bruno Fernando and it worked.

Fernando became agitated and frustrated early, taking his head out of the game and mounting up just two points and three rebounds in the first half. While 7-foot-1 senior Michal Cekovsky filled in nicely with nine points, two blocks and two rebounds in the first half, he just didn’t provide the same upside and athleticism of Fernando.

Bonas also capitalized on turnovers, turning eleven first half miscues into twelve points.

The scrappy effort contributed heavily, as Bonas didn’t let the Terps lead by more than four at any time in the first half.

But maybe the number one reason the Bonnies handled their business was their defense.

Forcing turnovers aside, Bonas switched beautifully on screens and closed out on the Terps’ guards. This frustrated the shooters, holding them to 1 of 10 from behind the arc and just 43 percent from the field.

Despite Mobley being held to four points in the first half, everyone else stepped up offensively, with Josh Ayeni, Izaiah Brockington, LaDarien Griffin and Courtney Stockard scoring 24 of the Bonnies’ 30 first-half points.

The Bonnies headed into the locker room down one, but with momentum on their side.

Still, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon may have summed up the situation best in his sideline interview.

“We haven’t made a jump shot, we have eleven turnovers and we’re up one,” Turgeon said. “It’s pretty amazing.”

With obvious adjustments coming for the second half, the Bonnies would need to continue the defensive tenacity and get something out of Mobley to have a chance.

The Terps came out re-energized, opening the second half with a 8-2 run in the first five minutes.

Bonas needed to answer, and with Mobley’s shot not falling, he turned to the free throw line to make a contribution.

Mobley went 10 of 10 from the free throw line, six of those coming in the second half.

But with 11 minutes left, the wheels started to come off.

Down by one, Bonas gave up two three-pointers and an and-one layup in the span of three minutes, trailing 44-52 with eight minutes remaining.

But the Bonnies wouldn’t quit.

Layups by Ayeni, Mobley and Brockington cut the deficit to two, and two free throws from Stockard tied the game at 53.

However, Bonas’ three-point defensive woes reared its ugly head, as Terps’ junior Dion Wiley drained a three.

Both teams traded free throws and Mobley made a layup to make the score 59-57 with two minutes to play.

Mobley then tied the game with two free throws.

The free throw line saved the Bonnies, as 21 of their 63 total points came from the stripe.

Then, the Bonnies caught a break when the Terps’ Jackson missed an open three.

Even with the break, Mobley missed a layup but Ayeni grabbed the offensive board and drew the foul.

Ayeni handled the pressure, draining both free throws, giving the Bonnies a 61-59 lead.

An ill-advised foul by Mobley not only gave the Terps’ Cowan free throws, but also gave him his fifth foul, taking him out of the game.

With no timeouts, Stockard-the highest scorer left in the game-was forced into the spotlight, facing adversity from the tenacious Terps’ defense.

But Stockard is no stranger to adversity.

For two years he’s battled back from foot injuries that ended his season twice. Even before the game, that same type of injury limited him all week in practice. But now, with the game in his hands, this was his moment.

He handled the ball inches in front of the half-court line, cutting to the basket and going up strong to put in the game-winning layup with 3.4 seconds left.

Stockard finished the game with fourteen points.

The Terps turned the ball over and that was it. The Bonnies won, despite everyone counting them out, despite all the adversity.

Stockard scored the game-winner, despite the adversity.

The excitement of this win will be short-lived, though, as they turn around and face TCU for the Emerald Coast Classic championship tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.

But as the glow remains fresh, the Bonnies carry a scrappy nature and underdog mentality, just like their leader tonight.

Lights Out: A first-person account of the game that wasn’t

By Jeff Uveino

Walking into the Reilly Center Wednesday night felt as normal as any other game day.

The students filing in, the teams shooting around and Kodak Black echoing through the loudspeakers–just a typical pregame in the RC. At 6:30 p.m., the St. Bonaventure Men’s basketball team prepared to play the Hawks of University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

As the teams took warm-ups, I noticed that several lights above where UMES was shooting were out.

My initial reaction was that this was a tactical move: make the opponents warm up in the dark while we warm up in the light. An obscure strategy, but perhaps a slight advantage. Boy, was I wrong.

Shortly after noticing the lights were out, I got word that it was because of a power outage in the arena, quite an interesting development for my first time covering a Bonnies game.

Rumors spiraled around about the source of the outage and how it would affect the game, but it seemed as if no one knew for certain. Security guards, media personnel, and curious students searched for answers.

But one thing was for sure; we would have to wait.

The planned start time of 7 p.m. came and went, as the teams continued to shoot around. The scoreboards were now completely out, as was the jumbotron over center court.

A smiling Jaylen Adams hobbled around the floor, shooting with his team despite the boot he wore to protect his sprained ankle and the obvious notion of being ruled out for the contest.

More time passed. Still nothing.

Behind the scenes, the lights in the halls and media room flickered. There appeared to be lights on around other parts of campus, but no signs of progress in the Reilly Center.

Around 8 p.m., an announcement was made in the arena that National Grid would be testing the power in an attempt to have the game played. The Reilly Center, the crowd was told, would go almost completely dark for about 15 minutes.

Phone lights came on throughout the stands, electricians scrambled around campus, and “Let’s go Bonas” chants continued to cry out intermittently, as they had for nearly two hours at this point.

St. Bonaventure University President Dr. Dennis DePerro even tried his hand at a few foul shots to entertain the crowd.

Suddenly, around 8:30 p.m., the power flashed back on, sending the relatively quiet student section into a frenzy.

It appeared as if the problem had been fixed, and the game would be played after all. I couldn’t help but think that this game would be remembered for a long time as something along the lines of the “power outage game,” and be added to Reilly Center lore.

But it didn’t end there.

Everyone back into place, the Bonnies ran out to warm up once again. The crowd was alive, and Twitter was going crazy trying to keep up with what exactly was going on.

However, Matt Mobley barely had time to lead the team out and drop in a lay-up before the jumbotron went dark with an abrupt bang.

Next were the scoreboards on the ends of the gym, then the overhead lights.

At this point, the night was starting to feel like a nightmare.

The teams retreated back into the locker rooms, and everyone anxiously waited once again to hear a final word on what the outcome of the game would be.

The crowd was thinning, but those remaining could still be heard.

You could feel the collective frustration bouncing around the arena.

The players wanted to play, the coaches wanted to coach, and the Wolf Pack wanted to be the Wolf Pack.

At approximately 8:35 pm, the official announcement was made that the game would not be played. The arena was empty in an instant.

The decision was made that the game would be ruled a “no contest,” meaning that it would not count toward the record of either team. Rumors that the home team would have to forfeit if the game was not played were shot down in an instant, and a frustrated Bonas community went on its way.

After the game, barely a soul could be found throughout the arena.

The only people left were a few scattered security guards making sure everyone exited safely. After all—the power was scheduled to go out for another test in 5 minutes, as was announced. Leftover pizza sat under the continually-flickering lights of the media room.

After the frenzy of events was over, I had to take a few minutes to make sense of what had just happened.

After a heartbreaking loss to Niagara University last Friday night, now Bonas fans had to go through this? An unpredictable and unforgettable start to a season where many experts had the Bonnies making the NCAA tournament.

St. Bonaventure’s next game will be played Saturday afternoon vs Jackson State University at 4:00 pm. Who knows what will happen next? Bonnies fans have already had enough disappointment and bewilderment for a whole season.

If one thing is for sure, it is that November 15, 2017 in the Reilly Center is a day that will be remembered around the community for years to come. A decade from now, alumni and staff will reminisce:

“Remember the night when the power went out? Twice?”

I certainly won’t forget.

Politics in Sports: A Sports Journalist’s Perspective

By Isaiah Blakely

Politics have always been intertwined in sports, but recently, it has been a major topic of discussion in the NFL and NBA specifically.

President Trump paid attention to the NBA during the summer when the Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said he was not going to the White House, and then Trump revoked the Warriors invitation.

The bigger story this season has been Trump’s reactions to NFL players kneeling during the anthem. He called the NFL players “SOB’s” and told the NFL owners to fire anyone who kneels. Trump also called for the firing of ESPN anchor Jemele Hill after she tweeted calling him a white supremacist.

Coverage of sports has changed, and I asked three established sports journalists their thoughts on politics being a bigger focus in sports.

Steve Wyche: Reporter, analyst and host for NFL Network

Kimberley Martin: Former Buffalo News columnist and current Washington Redskins beat writer for the Washington Post

Marc Spears: Senior NBA writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated

General thoughts on the amount of attention the President of the United States has paid to sports, specifically the NFL and NBA.

Wyche: “I don’t know if he’s spent more time paying attention to the NFL and NBA than other presidents. What he has done is spent more time Tweeting and remarking on them in a controversial manner. Most leaders, when they’ve commented on sports teams, have expressed fan-type support or admiration or, spoken up in times of controversy to try to spur progress. This president seems to use some of the issues, whether real or concocted, to gin up controversy.”

Martin: “The amount of energy the President has used to disparage the NFL/NBA and its players is alarming, considering the major issues that need his attention, like the threat of nuclear war, the economy, healthcare, etc.”

Spears: “It’s surprising. It should be surprising that the leader of the free world cares that much about sports. One might think it is a ploy to distract from what’s really going on in this world. There’s probably a method to the madness so far the tail is wagging the dog. Typically, in my lifetime one such is the case it’s been more light-hearted stuff like celebrating a champion or attending a game or throwing out a first pitch. Rarely is it from a political standpoint. Usually leave that up to the fans and the people that run the sports but it’s obvious that this is a different world now.”

When you see and hear the president calling on news organizations to fire employees, how concerning is that to journalists?

Wyche: “It is a major concern. It leads to journalists wondering how much support they have from their employers and creates a fear that our nation’s leadership is trying to transfer our great press freedoms into state-run propaganda. Journalists and good journalism is the ultimate check-and-balance mechanism to inform the public. If a leader can influence the narrative or media companies to shield truths, our country will suffer. If a journalist does something improper, it should be left to his or her employer to decide if discipline is necessary.”

Martin: “The President calling for law-abiding citizens to be fired from their jobs should frighten everyone, not just journalists.”

Spears: “That’s very concerning because that’s my coworker. I don’t want one of my favorite people to lose her job. Definitely stunning, and I guess it shows how much power she has that the president would even pay attention to her. The biggest thing as a journalist it’s important to fight for free speech. Nobody should ever have to be muzzled no matter what they have to say. Even if the KKK wants to have parade or want to speak you have to let them speak. It’s part of living in America. You don’t necessarily have to pay attention to it. It can take away a lot of the stress. I think the fact that he is paying attention to her, definitely shows how strong her voice is.”

What impact has Trump’s comments had on the way you cover sporting events, the way you see the industry?

Wyche: “Well, since I deal with the NFL, I’ll stay in that lane. When he called players ‘SOBs’ and said team owners should fire players who don’t stand for the anthem, it caused the media to ask players about his remarks and it led to wide spread counter-reaction from players. That re-directed the focus of normal sports coverage into more news coverage. Sports and news often mix but the tenor or anger and distrust and divisiveness is like nothing I’ve ever experienced.”

“Much of what is happening in sports and the president’s remarks mirror what is going on in society, which is why emotions have become so inflamed when he decides to chime into athletic/business/societal and economic matters.”

Martin: “As a result of this administration, I found that I watched players more closely during the singing of the national anthem than I ever had. I talked to players and football fans more about politics, the presidency, the role of government and the responsibilities of athletes than I ever have before. And as a result of this administration, I’ve seen more and more journalist friends and colleagues express their political leanings on Twitter than I’ve ever seen before.”

Spears: “He had an impact because it certainly involved the NBA. I cover the NBA for ESPN and I’m also down the street from the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors visit to the White House was in debate and eventually taken away. I was there when (Stephen) Curry said he didn’t want to go, and I was there when the President told the Warriors they weren’t invited anymore. So I got to hear a lot of choice word, laughs or concern from the Warriors side about the whole ordeal. I was in the ESPN studio in Los Angeles when Lebron had his press conference where he certainly had some choice words about the President. So it certainly has affected my job because the first couple weeks of training camp it was a hot topic.”

 How do you separate your own personal opinions on matters, from opinions that might reflect on the company you work for? Is there a way to separate the two?

Wyche: “Absolutely. We all have our opinions and beliefs but they never spill into my coverage. I report and try to always bring all perspectives into play. It is not my job to interject my personal feelings into my reports and frankly, I don’t think anyone would care.”

“However, as a minority, I can offer points of view that might not typically be reported or generated because of my experiences. I also can use different historical reference points that often get overlooked or ignored. There are also periods each year when coaches and GMs get fired. Most of the mainstream media, which is majority white, will list potential candidates for jobs. Most of those candidates they list are white. However, if I talk to the right informed people, there also are minority candidates whose names and credentials I mention just as prominently.”

Martin: “As journalists, we’re supposed to be objective and accurate. My personal opinions don’t color how I approach, deal with or try to understand the players and coaches I cover. But when the players you see every day in the locker room start talking about politics and the President challenges and insults a subsection of athletes and targets specific players, the lines become blurry for all and it becomes increasingly difficult to consistently police the opinions of journalists. (ESPN’s handling of Jemele Hill’s suspension is a perfect example.)”

“The divisive climate of the country is unlike anything this country has seen in more than 60 years and, as a result, it’s difficult as a person of color, a woman and the daughter of immigrants to check my opinions on social media. With that said, I do think twice — even three times — before I tweet. I recognize that I’m not a CNN or Fox News commentator. I’m a sportswriter and many of my followers want to be kept up to speed on NFL news. With that said, as a person of color, a woman and the daughter of immigrants, I also recognize that representation matters and that if I don’t use the platform I have, however small it might be, to bring attention to certain issues that I believe are important — who will?”

“Certain things — like nazis, racism, sexism — are wrong. Plain and simple. And there are certain concepts I’d imagine all decent humans can get behind — like, racial equality. So, I retweet articles as a way of sparking thought and discussions among my Twitter following and as a way of providing a different perspective for people who may not look or think like me. I find that it is (at times) possible to engage in constructive, healthy dialogue on social media. But in no way, am I ever offensive, nor have my tweets ever reflected poorly on my company. That being said, I’m not sure how we, as an industry, can consistently determine the dividing line between journalists representing themselves vs. journalists representing their companies on Twitter. Especially now, in these tense times, when political and social issues are dominating sports news. Like I said, it’s a slippery slope.”

Spears: “You got to be careful because we do have a social policy. You want to be edgy as a journalist and say things, but you can only go so far because you are representing a company. If I was just Marc Spears regular dude on the street I could say whatever I want but because I am working for a global company I have to be more careful about what I say.”

What do you say to people who tell journalists to “stick to sports?”

Wyche:” I tell them they can say whatever they want but it is impossible to at times because so much of life, news and sports intersect. How can some journalists stick to sports when they have to report on Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt raising millions for hurricane relief to help those who’ve been displaced or lost loved ones? How can you tell some journalists to stick to sports when an athlete is detained for no wrongdoing or is charged with domestic abuse? It is interesting, though, how some reporting can skew perception.”

“Watt’s work was heroic and correctly praised for being as much. Meanwhile, the civic work of Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who also raised money and school supplies for kids in Houston – his hometown – barely received a blip of attention. Instead, Bennett is more recognized for not standing for the National Anthem in order to bring awareness to those that might have suffered.”

Martin: “Sports are seen as an escape for most people, a brief respite from the stress of everyday life and what’s happening in the “real world.” People who say ‘stick to sports’ often argue that sports should remain an unadulterated space. But in doing so, those individuals forget (or choose to ignore) the many instances in which athletes helped to shine a spotlight on important social issues and managed to spark important dialogue via their platforms.”

Spears: “You don’t want to read it don’t read it. No one is forcing you to read it. Perhaps I could see where it can get overkill to some people, and they just want to hear about the game. But that’s the good thing about conversation and the good thing about these stories is it forces people to talk about things they don’t want to talk about. It pushes the uncomfortable. I love it, through all of this it will eventually make the world a better place because it forces people to face the truth. You are not going to change every everybody people are who they are. But hopefully the younger generation through education on racism, sexism, classism they will have a better feel for how the world should actually be.”

Do you feel that politics have become intertwined with sports much more than it was, say five years ago?

 Wyche: “Not really. Maybe more so in a controversial way but there always has been some form of political involvement, from local communities having their tax-dollars being leveraged to build new stadiums to retain or lose teams. Presidents have invited teams to the White House. Politicians have fought against/for integration in sports on college campuses. There is a constant battle for women’s equality in sports and at the collegiate level, forced political intervention. There’s always been some realm of cross-culture in sports and politics.”

Martin: “This isn’t the first-time sports and politics have collided, but the minute the President fired verbal jabs at athletes and professional sports leagues, we entered uncharted territory.”

Spears: “Yeah, definitely so I think it all started with what happened in St. Louis, what happened in New York and what happened in Florida. I’m talking about people who were affected by police brutality. I think it’s the constant fight, struggle that blacks have had with police brutality that has kinda sparked all of this in recent year. The funny thing about the whole Kaepernick deal is that his protest is about fighting against police brutality toward black men.”

“But yet that’s never talked about. It’s always the flag. It drives me nuts. It’s a terrible smoke screen. I had some time with Kaepernick last year and I wish he talked more so people could understand where he’s coming from because he’s a really intelligent guy. I work for The Undefeated and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I think 5 years ago we may not have had as much to write about. Now shoot just walk outside all the stories are sitting on the curb for us. It’s sad but it’s the reality of the world today. “

“I do have hope that long term all this talk all the stories all the debates all the pain can hopefully make for a better world for the younger generation. I don’t think the younger generation cares more the most part about color about race about whether somebody is gay or not. There’s so many mix kids now, it’s hard for you to be racist towards to your friends because everybody is something. There’s going to be so much more diversity in the coming years where so many people are related to somebody black, somebody Mexican, somebody Asian. You could talk to somebody that’s white and they brother in law could be black, and you don’t know it and that’s going to make them angry. I do believe there is a better world coming”

There has been less political talk in recent weeks, but athletes are using their platforms in an abundance of ways and I wouldn’t expect that to stop anytime soon.

Appropriateness is subjective under First Amendment 

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By Marshall Myers

Divisive, polarizing and controversial are all words used to describe the current state of social issues in our country. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh no, not another Donald Trump article! We can’t keep up as it is.”

However, this piece is not about our president’s voracious tweeting habits, or the always present dramas that seem to follow him everywhere.  Rather, where does our First Amendment right to free speech end, and can someone take this expression too far?

But first, a look into some recent events.  About three weeks ago, a well-known and liked ESPN host, Jemele Hill, took to twitter to voice her opinions on our current president. Using terms like “white supremacist,” “ignorant,” and “bigot,” her tweets gained notoriety very quickly.

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People need to cut back on using euphemisms

By Jason Klaiber @J_Klaibs


People need to limit their use of euphemisms. When referring to something they deem unpleasant, many people substitute harsh yet direct language with these polite yet vague expressions. Euphemisms serve as a roundabout way to mask the truth and avoid offending others.

Euphemisms don’t present as much damage in the context of stand-up comedy, for example, wherein such expressions heighten the hilarity of many routines. However, using them in fields such as business or politics veers closer to being harmful. Businessmen and government officials often soften the blow of their words to cover up actions, policies or any other unsightly reality. These evasions of clarity mislead people.

Think “alternative fact.” This term, used earlier this year by President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway in an interview with Meet the Press, acts as a subtle replacement for “lie” or “falsehood.”

Such abuses of the English language don’t end there.

A word like “downsizing” sounds like the result of partaking in a weight loss program, while “normal involuntary attrition” conjures up the thought of a common health defect. In actuality, the use of either one of these terms meets the same definition: a company intends to fire employees or has already done so.

In military life, “collateral damage” refers to the killing or wounding of civilians or the unintentional destruction of property. “Enhanced interrogation techniques” means torture. While it sounds more like a compliment a theater critic would direct at a performer, “extraordinary rendition” actually concerns the CIA-sponsored, unlawful kidnapping and transfer of suspected terrorists from one country to another.

During World War II, the term “relocation center” meant the Japanese internment camps in the United States.

Between World War I and the end of Vietnam War, the term “shell shock”— the psychological distress caused by warfare—transformed into “post-traumatic stress disorder,” which sounds less immediate and serious. In his 1990 special Doin’ It Again, comedian George Carlin said, “If we’d have still been calling it shell shock, some of those Vietnam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time.”

In 2013, former CIA director David Petraeus apologized for “slipping his moorings,” a euphemism for losing one’s sense of right and wrong, when he had extramarital sex with his biographer.

Somewhere else along the line, “passing away” became a replacement for the word “dying.” The action of “putting to sleep” became the gentle-sounding alternative to “euthanizing.” Once buried after death, a person “pushes up daisies.” Poor people have been labeled as “economically disadvantaged.” Crippled people have instead been labeled as “differently abled.” Genocide has become otherwise worded as “ethnic cleansing.” Using such euphemisms lessens the gravity of dreadful situations.

The unwillingness to use or hear anything perceived as too profane, in turn, makes people too sensitive. People shouldn’t hide under euphemisms to feel comfortable facing reality, no matter how unpleasant reality may be. Imprecise words found in these euphemisms extract the humanity out of language. Once words and phrases become so obscure that they can mean anything, they mean nothing. Society requires the growth of simple, straightforward communication to elude this unnecessary confusion once and for all.

Older generations should learn many millennials defy their labels


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By Jason Klaiber @J_Klaibs

When older generations label all millennials as apathetic, coddled or lazy, they should realize not every member of this generation fits their descriptions.

Many millennials volunteer in their communities and obsess over filling up their résumés. Not every millennial abstains from voting or expects a participation trophy for everything he or she does, either.

Millennials, often considered to be those born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s, now comprise the largest share of the United States population. Fitting every one of its individuals into an assumption amounts to stereotyping. In the same vein as thinking that all blondes possess low IQs or that every New Yorker lacks courtesy, stereotyping millennials shouldn’t be an accepted notion in our society.

Labels have been attached to every generation. As many baby boomers came of age, older men and women lumped them all together as “hippies.” Generation X had been branded as an age of “slackers” by many hailing from prior generations. This trend of stereotyping the generations that follow one’s own needs to stop.

The oldest millennials only recently became old enough to run for president. The youngest ones only recently became old enough to get their driver’s licenses. Already criticizing millennials for their contributions to society would be like yelling at a toddler for not adding enough to their household’s income.

Millennials should be given a chance. They need time to grow and achieve, just like their elders did. The only sure thing these older generations have on millennials is exactly that—they’re older.


Column: We Need to Talk About Ke$ha

By Liam McGurl

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There’s always a strange dichotomy between celebrities’ personal and professional lives—especially when it comes to musicians.

We’re so attached to their pop-savvy lulls that we, sometimes unknowingly, assume their bubbly pick-me-up sounds are a direct reflection of their personal experiences.

Needless to say, this outlook is nothing short of faulty and “Tik Tok” singer Ke$ha is an unfortunate illustration of that.

The star of the television show My Crazy Beautiful Life filed a lawsuit against her producer Luke Gottwald—more commonly known as Dr. Luke—in October of 2014, alleging he drugged and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday in 2006.

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