Arizona Cardinals Owner, Former NBA Player Voice Continued Support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Figures in the sports industry who knew Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in high school and college came out in support of the candidate who has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.

Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, who expressed his support of Kavanaugh from his team’s official Twitter account when President Donald Trump nominated him in July, doubled down on his support in a letter after three women accused the nominee of sexual misconduct. Bidwill and Kavanaugh were high school classmates during the time when the alleged misconduct took place.

“In the extensive amount of time we collectively spent with Brett, we do not recall having ever met someone named Julie Swetnick,” said a letter of support released by the White House on Wednesday. “Nor did we ever observe Brett engaging in any conduct resembling that described in Ms. Swetnick’s declaration.”

New allegations came Wednesday from high school classmate Julie Swetnick, who said in a sworn statement that Kavanaugh would drink to excess and “engage in abusive behavior” toward girls while in high school.

Former NBA player and college classmate Chris Dudley pushed at the idea that Kavanaugh drank heavily. Dudley said the two would regularly drink together while at Yale, but it never became excessive, according to his estimation.

“When he went out Friday nights, I was usually with him,” Dudley told various news outlets. “I never, ever saw him blacked out, never. … Brett would drink, but he’d also be the guy who never missed a class. There’s a reason he was top of his class.”

Deborah Ramirez alleged in a story published by The New Yorker that Kavanaugh, while drunk, exposed his penis to her at dorm party and made her touch it without consent during their freshmen year at Yale.

Kavanaugh continues to deny the allegations.

“Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired,” Kavanaugh said in a statement ahead of his hearing. “There has been a frenzy to come up with something – anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious – that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last-minute smears, pure and simple.”

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