Crime

Lacrosse players join ex-golfer's lawsuit

Andrew Giuliani, son of the former New York City mayor, has enlisted the help of other Duke University athletes in his fight against his alma mater.

Players from the 2006 Duke lacrosse team have filed a friend-of-the-court brief, lending their support to Giuliani in his claim that Duke violated a contract with him when the school kicked him off the golf team.

Thirty-eight members of the 2006 team made similar arguments in the federal suit filed in February 2008 against Duke, the city of Durham and top administrators. That case is pending.

The players contend that they suffered emotional distress and other injuries when the university remained silent about evidence that early on contradicted the allegations of an escort service dancer hired to perform at a team party in March 2006. The players cite the student handbook as evidence of a contract with the players.

In late May, in a document peppered with references to golf and the movie "Caddyshack," a federal magistrate recommended that Giuliani's case be dismissed. Robert Ekstrand, the Durham lawyer representing Giuliani, filed a document in federal court this week opposing that recommendation.

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