Lax Reasoning

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In the aftermath of the tragic death of University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love, a lacrosse player, on May 3, the school will move on. According to an article by Michael Phillips in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

The Virginia men’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 1 nationally, held practice yesterday morning, a day after Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage announced that the men’s and women’s teams would continue play into the postseason.

“A part of their healing will be getting our students back into some of their routines,” he said. “In the case of the women’s and men’s programs, our lacrosse teams will honor Yeardley by continuing their seasons.”

While it is, on some level, fitting for the women’s lacrosse team to continue playing the game Love enjoyed, it’s a little hard to understand how playing out the men’s season can really be said to “honor” the memory of Yeardley Love. The person accused of killing Love, her ex-boyfriend George Huguely, is a member of the men’s lacrosse team.

Incidentally, the Washington Post’s Liam Dillon interviewed Huguely back when he was a high school student for a story Dillon wrote about the 2006 rape accusation against lacrosse players at Duke University. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer