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April 2, 2010

Indy Star pulls Duke illustration


The Indianapolis Star pulled from some Friday editions a sports section cover illustration that poked fun at widespread dislike of the Duke University basketball program.

Newspaper management thought better of the illustration after the distribution of early copies, including those delivered in the Anderson area, and pulled the illustration from the newspaper’s later editions.

The illustration included blue ink-pen drawings — horns, a forehead target, glasses, moles and facial hair — on top of a photo of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Around his necktie, the word “Lose!” is repeated seven times in pen ink. The headline of the illustration reads “DESPISING DUKE” in large headline block letters. “DUKE” is bracketed in pen ink with “It’s NO GOOD!!!!”

A small image of fingers grasping an ink pen is included in a bottom corner of the illustration.

The story accompanying the illustration details how some college basketball fans despise Duke’s notoriously successful basketball team, which will join West Virginia, Michigan State and hometown favorite Butler this weekend in the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis.

In an e-mail, Dennis Ryerson, editor of The Star, said the illustration was “completely over the top.”

“Duke is a classy operation yet our story fairly spoke of the strong emotions many have about the team,” Ryerson wrote. “The photo-illustration was ... not representative, I’m sure, of the attitude of Hoosiers toward the Duke team.”

He said the illustration was created by a page designer working in The Star’s newsroom.

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