In 2006, Duke’s Lacrosse team made national headlines after an exotic dancer accused three men’s lacrosse players with rape.
The alleged rape occurred at a house rented by two of the team’s captains.
Durham county Attorney General Mike Nifong was later disbarred because of his aggressiveness in over prosecuting the case.
On April 11, 2007, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped the case against Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans.
Nifong and the accuser Crystal Gail Mangum both suffered fallout from the case. In addition to his disbarment, Nifong also served one day in jail.
He was the first prosecutor in the history of North Carolina to be disbarred due to actions in a case. Cooper said Nifong used “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation” during his prosecution of the case.
Mangum would have more legal troubles after the case including being arrested for attempted murder.
Duke the number one ranked team in the country at the time of the accusations. The university cancelled the season in light of the allegations and coach Mike Pressler resigned after 16 seasons.