The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Colorado Tourism Board Unveils New "Come to Colorado: You Probably Won't Get Raped By an Athlete" Campaign
Originally posted 2/23/2004

A poster from Colorado's new campaign
DENVER - Officials at the Colorado Board of Tourism unveiled a new campaign this week in an attempt to restore the state's good name following a series of gruesome stories involving professional basketball player Kobe Bryant and, more recently, several members of the University of Colorado football team.

"We think that our state has been given an unfair shake in the media lately," said Tourism Board spokesperson Katherine Grayson. "The perception seems to be that if you're a woman, and you live in, work in or visit Colorado, the odds favor your being raped by a top-level athlete of some kind. This simply isn't true."

"I've been coaching here for four years now," said Colorado Buffaloes head coach Gary Barnett, "and I've never seen anything like this going on. Rape? What's rape? Strip clubs? I've never heard of those. Who are you people? Where am I? I'm going home."

Accusations from last year and from this week purport that Bryant, an All-Star forward with the Los Angeles Lakers, raped a hotel worker in Eagle, Colorado and that several women, including former Colorado placekicker Katie Hnida, have been sexually assaulted, molested, harassed and raped by Colorado football players since the late 1990s.

While Grayson does not deny that these stories are troubling, she points out that the ratio of women who have spent time in Colorado over the past five years to women who have been raped by athletes in Colorado over the past five years is, in relation to that same ratio in other states, only negligibly higher.

"Just take it from our new slogan," Grayson said. "'Come to Colorado: You Probably Won't Get Raped By an Athlete.'"

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