Smerconish called Duke student's e-mailed threat to kill and skin exotic dancers "goofy"

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While discussing the allegations by a woman that she was raped by three men at an off-campus party hosted by Duke University's lacrosse team, Scarborough Country guest host Michael Smerconish characterized as "goofy" an e-mail sent by team member Ryan McFadyen hours after the alleged rape about exotic dancers he planned to host that read: "[I] plan on killing the bitches as soon as the [sic] walk in and proceding [sic] to cut their skin off."

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On the April 11 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country, discussing the allegations by a woman that she was raped by three men who attended an off-campus party hosted by Duke University's lacrosse team, guest host Michael Smerconish characterized as "goofy" an e-mail sent by team member Ryan McFadyen hours after the alleged rape about exotic dancers he planned to host that read: "[I] plan on killing the bitches as soon as the [sic] walk in and proceding [sic] to cut their skin off." During the conversation with Court TV anchor Lisa Bloom, Smerconish said of McFadyen's message, which was uncovered on April 5 amid newly released court documents about the allegations: "It's called drunken e-mailing. The guy said something goofy. It doesn't make him a rapist." Bloom responded: "You think that's goofy? You find that goofy? You think discussion of murdering a woman and getting a sexual thrill out of that is simply goofy?"

From McFadyen's March 13 e-mail:

To whom it may concern

tommrow [sic] night, after tonights [sic] show, ive [sic] decided to have some strippers over [...] all are welcome.. however there will be no nudity. i [sic] plan on killing the bitches as soon as the [sic] walk in and proceding [sic] to cut their skin off [...]

From the April 11 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country:

SMERCONISH: Joining us now, Lisa Bloom from Court TV and criminal defense attorney Yale Galanter. Lisa, I know from our prior conversations, you and I are going to butt heads on this one.

BLOOM: Oh, yeah.

SMERCONISH: In my view, these athletes are easy targets, and oftentimes, claims get made against them. They fall by the wayside, months thereafter, but after their lives are ruined.

BLOOM: Michael, you don't see the arrogance in someone who would send an e-mail out to a group of people talking about the sexual thrill he would get killing and skinning a stripper? You don't see any arrogance in a team that one-third of them has arrests for disorderly conduct --

SMERCONISH: I think -- I think, Lisa --

BLOOM: -- public urination or breaking the law by drinking.

SMERCONISH: Lisa, I think they call it drailing. Lisa, they call it drailing.

BLOOM: When you have a beer, it's different than a teenager having a beer. It's against the law for them.

SMERCONISH: It's -- timeout. It's drailing. It's called drunken e-mailing. The guy said something goofy. It doesn't make him a rapist. Everybody wants to lynch this entire -- this entire squad so far.

BLOOM: You think that's goofy? You find that goofy? You think discussion of murdering a woman and getting a sexual thrill out of that is simply goofy?

SMERCONISH: Should we lock him up?

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Diversity & Discrimination, Gender
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Michael Smerconish
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Scarborough Country
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