Fraternity of Silence

Rape accusations involving three lacrosse players raise troubling questions of race and privilege

Some of the best sports teams are tighter than brothers: on the field, the players read one another's every move, push one another to work harder and trust in their teammates, win or lose. Off the field they apply the same principles in the pursuit of fun. The party-loving Duke University lacrosse players--known, like the school's other teams, as the Blue Devils--ranked as high as No. 2 in the country this season. They share a bond that might have carried them to a national championship; instead, it has put their faces on WANTED posters on Duke's idyllic campus in Durham, N.C.

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