February 11th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

One of the three sets of ongoing controversies involving Virginia’s highest-ranked elected officials—Governor Ralph Northam, who wore blackface in the 1980s to impersonate Michael Jackson, had a medical school yearbook page that featured a photo of a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan hood, and who on Sunday referred to slaves as “indentured servants”; Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who has been accused by two women, Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Fairfax’s former Duke University classmate, Meredith Watson, of sexual assault in 2004 and 2000, respectively; and Attorney General Mark Herring, who wore blackface as an undergrad at UVA in 1980 as part of a rap artist impersonation—could lead to a sports legal controversy involving the nation’s top college basketball program. Sexual assault allegations brought by Watson against Lt. Governor Fairfax connect to the Duke University men’s basketball program. Watson’s statement, as drafted by her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, contains two rape allegations. The first accuses Fairfax and the second refers to an unnamed Duke basketball player, who Watson says assaulted her in 1999. – MICHAEL MCCANN, si  – Read More

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