The so-called "Spur Posse" was a group of nine teenage boys from the Los Angeles suburb of Lakewood, California, who named themselves after the San Antonio Spurs when David Robinson, a favorite player of a group member, signed with the NBA team. They were the star athletes of a close-knit community, beefy white jocks who had alpha'd their way through high school, but in 1993, they were shockingly arrested for multiple counts of rape, molestation, and lewd and lascivious acts. It was subsequently learned that they had formed a sex club in which they would accrue "points" for how many girls they were with, consensually or not. Most of the girls were underage (one as young as 10), and some of the rape charges were statutory.
Typically, some of the parents rampaged about how the girls their sons had been accused of raping were "promiscuous" aggressors, amplifying the misogyny in an already misogynistic case — the boys even threatened some of the girls and witnesses about testifying. Eventually, most of the charges were dropped, and the boys were allowed to hit the talk-show circuit. In the New York Times, Anna Quindlen wrote that the "lowlife band of high-school jocks" had "treated girls like garbage while they were passing them around and trashing them afterwards". And admonishing the slew of television networks putting them on, she added, "The girls get called sluts. And the boys get flown first-class to some big city to brag on national television, the electronic-age version of standing around in the locker room talking about what a pig she was. People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it." J.E.S.