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April 29, 2021 — A bad situation at a bad time

Yesterday, John Desko, the men’s lacrosse coach at Syracuse University, called a press conference to discuss a situation within his team.

The situation involves one of his best players, junior Chase Scanlan. According to multiple reports, he was involved in a situation which eventually required the intervention by the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety as “a domestic incident.”

The case remains open, and Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and City of Syracuse Police are investigating. Fitzpatrick indicated that the incident involved an unidentified woman.

You can put two and two together.

It’s regrettable that this incident, plus a suspension and what is an increasingly controversial reinstatement, are occurring a few days before One Love Week, the observance of the 11-year anniversary of the murder of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love in a domestic violence incident. Indeed, during last night’s Virginia-Boston College ACC women’s lacrosse tournament, head coach Julie Myers wore a One Love Foundation T-shirt.

Since Love’s murder, the lacrosse community has been very intolerant of violence against women. Indeed, I find it interesting that the reinstatement of Scanlan, the Orange’s leading scorer in 2020, is coming with some resistance within the team. Reports came out that team members were planning to skip practice if he rejoined the team.

Syracuse University is Scanlan’s fourth school in the last six years. He attended Silver Creek (N.Y.) Central, then transferred after his sophomore year to Bradenton IMG Academy (Fla.), a super-prep school in the sport of boys’ lacrosse. He chose Loyola University for college, but transferred after one season to Syracuse.

I get the feeling there is going to be one more address change for him soon.

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