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Gary Barnett: Doing a Favor

In February 2004, University of Colorado football coach Gary Barnett responded to allegations that a former female place-kicker on the team had been raped by one of his players. Barnett's response?

"It's a guy's sport," he said. "

[Players] felt like Katie was forced on them. It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do? They respect your ability. I mean, you could be 90 years old, but if you could go out and play, they would respect you. Well Katie was a girl, and not only was she a girl, she was terrible. Basically, we were doing her a favor."

["And Kobe is innocent," Dennis Miller later joked, "because he can shoot a nice jumper from the 3-point line." (Barnett rapidly found himself on leave.)]

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