Michael Nodianos is ‘ashamed, embarrassed and very very sorry…’
The teen in the center of a video, hacker group Anonymous released last week has begged for forgiveness after national scorn and local protests over the weekend after he callously lambasted a 16 year girl at the center of a purported rape last August in the town of Steubenville, Ohio.
The capitulation on behalf of the teen, Michael Nodianos comes after speculation that the freshman potentially risks being expelled from Ohio State University or/as well denied his scholarship.
In fact the young man’s attorney, Dennis McNamara has gone on to describe his client’s behavior as ‘disappointing, insensitive and unfortunate.’
Went on to say Dennis McNamara: ‘After some sober reflection he is ashamed and embarrassed himself. He’s sorry to victims and his family. He was not raised to act in this manner.’
Not raised in this manner but certainly not very bashful to vocally assume his thoughts on the matter in front of a rolling camera which would end up in front of millions a few months later.
Despite the young man’s insensitive remarks one wonders if Nodianos’ point of view in some way serves to reflect the majority of views in the town of Steubenville, Ohio which to date until hacker group Anonymous brought the incidents of one August evening forward were often dismissive of the young girl who claimed that she was raped.
Interestingly Mr McNamamara has also gone on to strenuously emphasize that his client had not been in the house at the time of the alleged attack but rather had arrived as the young girl had been taken out of the house.
Since the release of the video, Mr McNamara has also gone on to reveal that the young man’s personal and Ohio State University email accounts have been hacked. Adding misery is the fact that the young man’s family has been forced to change their telephone number after scores of death threats followed.
Nonetheless one has to pause and wonder if Anonymous on some level by reaching out to vindicate the girl at the center of the rape has on some level vilified individuals who admittedly foolish and immature and not necessarily malicious in intention perjured those individuals and forever brought them the weight of mob justice.
After all it’s one thing to rape a girl but then again as morally offensive as it is, it’s an altogether another thing if one finds such acts amusing as Michael Nodianos did. Which raises an even more important question, must we now fear reprisal just because we espouse a point of view that is not necessarily morally, politically or even ethically correct? After all what do we really mean by a free society after all….?