January 15, 2006, - 4:04 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Back in August, I wrote about “Lawrence Phillips: The Tom Osborne Legacy That Keeps in Giving“. As you’ll recall, Phillips is the former Nebraska, NFL, and CFL player who just can’t stay away from violent crime, like brutal assault. Yet, despite his behavior, he was repeatedly given more than his fair share of chances while coaches looked the other way. Most blatant and enabling of these was then-Nebraska coach and now Gubernatorial candidate Tom Osborne (who has harassed me on occasion after he did not like what I wrote about his record of enabling violent criminal athletes).
Now I hear from Lawrence Phillips’ mother, the woman who raised and failed to civilize this dangerous, multiple-time criminal. From the length of her letter, none of which I buy into, all I can say is what Shakespeare did: Thou Doth Protest Too Much.
Here’s Juanita Phillips’, mother of Lawrence Phillips, e-mail to me:
— Juanita Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 18:31:05 -0800 (PST)
From: Juanita Phillips email@example.com
Subject: Check the Facts
Dear Ms. Schlussel,
As a commentator your sphere of influence is
probably enormous. Doesn’t such a privilege carry a
duty to seek facts before reporting? You have
reported as fact things about Lawrence Phillips’
past and present that you do not know to be true.
Only when you can honestly state that you have
personally investigated and verified the accuracy of
reported information and spoken with all known
witnesses should you consider publicly passing along
“reports” as truth.
If you are interested in facts please investigate
the following facts that did not make the
In the Nebraska domestic violence case, witnesses
reported that they saw Lawrence hit the apartment
mailbox with his hands and that he never hit Kate
McKewen’s head on the mailbox, on a wall or on any
other object; nor did he hit her at all. None of the
witnesses stating these facts were mentioned in any
newspapers. I’ll bet that if you tried to find
witnesses who saw a different incident than was
reported, that challenge will be answered. Have you
ever tried to give Osborne a fair chance to prove
that what he says about Lawrence having been lied on
is true or do you just enjoy blinding hating so much
that you really don’t want to know any truth?
In a 2000-2001 domestic violence case, Judge
Bernard Kamis illegally forced Lawrence to plead
guilty in Los Angeles California. Judge Kamis
called Lawrence’s attorney, Eric Bates, a liar when
the attorney said he was the cause for Lawrence
missing a court appearance. Attorney Bates told
Lawrence the date had been changed when it really
had not. Taking advantage of this opportunity to
abuse his power, Judge Kamis told Lawrence he had
better plead guilty right then and there or the case
would be re-initiated from scratch and a new bail,
higher than the original $650,000 would be set.
Lawrence pled no contest. This one should be easy
to prove–there should be a transcript of the
proceedings. Guess what, there is NO RECORD–nada.
IT IS MISSING. Are you going to be as quick to write
an article calling Judge Kamis a criminal as you are
Lawrence? It only takes that court transcript or the
court reporter to prove who’s the real criminal in
After reading a newspaper and without getting the
facts, you stated in one of your commentaries that
Lawrence Phillips tried (intentionally) to run over
three children after playing football with them last
summer. Lawrence did not intentionally run over
children. His involvement before being in the car
was with a grown man. A witness who was a friend of
the grown man told reporters that his friend was
“crafty”. The reporters failed to get the name of
this witness or print his full statement about what
happened. You also stated that the car in this
incident was stolen. Please report to the people who
read your commentary that you were able to locate a
stolen vehicle report for the car–you would be
spreading another falsehood if you did.
If you are the righteous person that you must
consider yourself to be since you judge with such
righteous indignation, then surely you are very
concerned with truth.
Before this e-mail, you may not have known that
you are being deceived. Now that you have been made
aware, you are no better than those you judge
criminal and full of “hypocrisy” if you continue to
report lies that have contradictory witness.
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