As Twitchy reported, on August 30, the media lit up with a story about how someone in the stands at a volleyball game between Duke and Brigham Young University shouted a racial slur at Duke’s Rachel Richardson. The incident made “Good Morning America,” MSNBC, USA Today, and CNN, where Richardson’s father was interviewed. Campus police investigated and cleared the fan who was banned. Video didn’t show any such incident. No one in the stands heard it either. In other words, it didn’t happen.

We mentioned that USA Today covered it; Mike Freeman wrote a column about it:

Now that the story’s been thoroughly debunked, Freeman is back with another column — not retracting his previous column but instead calling it a right-wing conspiracy to deny that it happened.

Ian Miller writes for Outkick:

But that’s not far enough for Mike Freeman, who, in classic activist fashion, compared questioning Robinson’s story to a ”Right-wing conspiracy theory” and QAnon.

Freeman claimed he would “break down the absurdity of it all,” but his first example of why to believe her is possibly the most absurd thing you’ll read all day.

According to him, one of the main reasons why she couldn’t be wrong about what she heard is that she called her father in tears after the match.

The interview with her father, on CNN naturally, says that the call with Rachel wasn’t normal:

“After the game, she called,” he said, “and this was a different call.”

This is supposedly part of the “proof” that it happened.

QAnon, really? As Miller writes, “She absolutely would let friends or family go on national television and tell the story, because that’s the whole point.”

Freeman desperately wants this story to be true.

It doesn’t help. But when you go all-in on a story and make somebody a “hero,” you’ve got to stick by your story.


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