Sports Website Defends Cop Convicted of Assaulting Black Women
Former Oklahoma police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw isn’t accused of a crime; he’s been convicted of sexually assaulting several black women. The fact that the disgraced cop is serving a 263 year prison sentence for his crimes wasn’t enough to stop a popular sports website from coming to his defense, however.
On the sports website SB Nation, writer Jeff Arnold defended Hotlzclaw as man who became dejected after his NFL dreams failed to materialize. Arnold also characterized Holtzclaw as wrongfully incarcerated due to a salacious trial, the Grio reported.
The only points of view offered in the article were those of people supporting Holtzclaw, such as his private investigator and attorney:
In Bates’ view, Holtzclaw was swept up in the furor over treatment of black Americans by police officers in other places, turmoil that had already resulted the #BlackLivesMatter movement and sparked riots in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, a brewing perfect storm that was only getting worse.
“The emotions were already there and all (the public) needed was a poster child and Daniel came along at the absolute worst time for Daniel,” Bates said. “And he was done.”
Arnold’s defense of Holtzclaw was pulled after sparking outrage among many readers:
The publication of this story represents a complete breakdown of a part of the editorial process at SB Nation. There were objections by senior editorial staff that went unheeded. It was tone-deaf, insensitive to the victims of sexual assault and rape, and wrongheaded in approach and execution. There is no qualification: it was a complete failure.
Holtzclaw was convicted of stopping women, then threatening them with arrest if they did not comply with his demands for sexual favors.
After a victim known only as J.L. came forward, investigators used police surveillance to locate additional victims.
“Traffic stops, some of the individuals were actually just walking,” Police Chief Bill Citty said in August 2014. “Walking in their neighborhood and they were stopped, you know, searched, threatened in some way with arrest or something to that extent. And as a result of that, actually coerced them into providing sexual favors to him.”