Hat’s off to this author of the column. She’s a columnist at the Raleigh News & Observer who helped cheerlead the Duke lacrosse coverage:

“Members of the men’s Duke lacrosse team: I am sorry.

Surely by now you know I am sorry. I am writing these words now, and in this form, as a bookend to 13 months of Duke lacrosse coverage, my role in which started with a March 27 column that began:
‘Members of the men’s Duke lacrosse team: You know. We know you know.’

That was when Durham police and District Attorney Mike Nifong were describing a ‘wall of silence’ among the men who attended the now-vaunted lacrosse party. Nifong, now described by the state attorney general as a ‘rogue prosecutor,’ was widely respected as solid, even understated.

Though wrong, my initial column was cheered by hundreds of readers.

Last weekend, our public editor, Ted Vaden, laid me low for that first column, and the second, which called for the firing of lacrosse coach Mike Pressler. According to Don Yeager, a former Sports Illustrated staffer who is writing a book about the case, Pressler blames me for his dismissal. I’m sorry he ended up coaching at a Division III school.

Sounds pretty contrite to me.